Expense abuse breeds cynicism
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!