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Regional officials flagged Charlottetown’s financial circumstances in 2019

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Key takeaways: 

  • Province mentioned ‘poor financial management in documents received by C.B.C. News.
  • Financial operations at Charlottetown City Hall have come under rising scrutiny in the past few months.

A senior official with P.E.I.’s Department of Fisheries and Communities confirmed problems with the City of Charlottetown’s financial documents, according to an email from November 2019 received by C.B.C. News through the liberation of information request. 

At that moment, the department reacted to concerns carried forward by Charlottetown councilor Bob Doiron — concerns that city deputy C.A.O. Scott Messervey had initially been flagged before firing.

Danny Jenkins, a senior financial officer with the division, stated in the email that records from the city’s accountants provided “exact pieces of poor internal control systems and inadequate internal financial reporting practices.”

He also noted “typically poor financial management linking to purchasing and accounting procedures.”

The email from Jenkins said the city’s reaction to the auditors who raised the problems fell “well short of completely accepting of the advice of the auditors.”

Those comments contrast with statements P.E.I. 

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A senior official with P.E.I.’s Department of Fisheries and Communities confirmed problems with the City of Charlottetown’s financial documents, according to an email from November 2019 received by C.B.C. News through the liberation of information request

Minister of Communities Jamie Fox made when he was questioned regarding the topic during the 2022 spring sitting of the provincial legislature.

Fox initially said his unit had not got a complaint regarding the city. He often urged that the city’s dealing with a regional human resources issue would not interrupt.

The controller did not get information.

The documents Jenkins was discussing — management notes from the city’s accountants tracing locations of concern in the city’s financial reports, along with the city’s answers to those letters — were not provided as part of the regional response to C.B.C.’s information request.

According to the region, those records were withheld from C.B.C. at the city’s plea.

Earlier this week, Charlottetown’s former controller Stephen Wedlock, who lately left, said he was never given documents of the management letters either. 

Source – CBC News

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