Port Colborne council demands answers from the city's regional councillor

Port Colborne's only regional councillor was put on the hot seat last night by his colleagues on city council.

Barrick taken to task for comments he made about city councillors who have spearheaded a motion asking the region to butt out of Pelham's finances and end a call for a provincial audit of town spending.

At a recent regional audit committe meeting, The St. CatharinesStandard reported Barrick called Port Colborne's actions “immature,” “shameful” and “a demonstration of willful ignorance.”

Last night, Barrick defended those statements saying while he should have chosen his words more carefully, it doesn't mean they were incorrect.

Barrick who also sits on the police board, was asked about a Standard report saying police are facing a 7 million dollar deficit.

Asked what will happen if there is another deficit this year, Barrick is quoted in the Welland Tribune replying " Quite frankly, the Region is flush with cash. They have over $140 million in reserves. So am I worried? Absolutely not.”