No one knows for sure why Ward 9 and 10 trustee Harkirat Singh failed to file the March 27 deadline candidates had for filing financial statements with the city clerk’s office. He knew it could cost him his position and now it could cost taxpayers upward of $250,000 to replace him. According to a report scheduled to go before Peel District School Board trustees at a May 12 meeting, a byelection to replace ousted Brampton Wards 9 and 10 trustee Harkirat Singh would cost approximately $228,000 to $250,000.
The report presents two scenarios for replacing Singh – an appointment or a byelection. The school board would have to pick up the sizable cost of the latter.
Comparatively, an appointment would cost an estimated $2,200 in advertising to gather interested candidates from the community.
Singh won the board seat during last October’s municipal election.
Meanwhile Singh is not going quietly, he is trying to challenge his removal from office in court and scheduled to have the case heard in a Brampton Superior Court May 12.
The school board has 90 days to make a decision about how to fill the vacated seat. Trustees were waiting for the outcome of the court challenge, but are being advised to make a decision pending any court ruling.
The board has until June 24 to decide what course to take. Either the Board changes its rules to suit Mr Singh, apologize for the inconvenience it has caused him and roll out the red carpet for him. One of Mr Singh’s supporters wondered why such a fuss was being made over him missing the deadline. Sticking to the rules is what makes Canada a first world country, of course it is costly at times.