Ex­pense abuse breeds cyn­i­cism

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - Paul Car­ri­gan Port Cale­do­nia

The news about MLAs ex­pens­ing items that they are not au­tho­rized to charge to the gov­ern­ment is dis­gust­ing. Is it any won­der peo­ple don’t vote?

Over the years, I have tried to con­vince peo­ple who don’t bother to vote that it is im­por­tant for them to par­tic­i­pate in the process. Now I un­der­stand why th­ese peo­ple are frus­trated and do not trust politi­cians.

When Nova Sco­tia’s au­di­tor gen­eral pointed out the im­proper ex­penses to the var­i­ous MLAs, sev­eral im­me­di­ately said they would pay the money back.

Even though the guide­lines for ex­penses are un­clear, you would think that an MLA would have the com­mon sense not to buy a gen­er­a­tor for his home and then make ex­cuses that if the power went out in his area he would al­low lo­cal groups to come into his home.

(Hmm, how many lo­cal groups could he fit in his house? Did he send out a com­mu­nity no­tice that when the power goes out all “groups” are wel­come?)

Even the premier had ex­penses that were ques­tion­able.

I am ticked!

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