Over-ex­pens­ing MLAs should do penance in ser­vice to the poor

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - San­dra Sch­wing­hamer North Syd­ney Catholic Women’s League, Saint Joseph’s Parish

MLAs who file ex­ces­sive ex­pense claims should be re­quired to vol­un­teer at their lo­cal food banks, cloth­ing de­pots or shelters. Per­haps this en­counter with the dif­fi­cult re­al­ity of hu­man suf­fer­ing would help clar­ify for them the true mean­ing of pub­lic ser­vice.

There are many prob­lems within our prov­ince that go un­ad­dressed. There is a huge prob­lem within in­sti­tu­tions of pol­icy and pro­ce­dure that en­cour­ages and re­wards an at­ti­tude of en­ti­tle­ment.

MLAs with a well-formed con­science and a creative, co-op­er­a­tive work ethic will have the vi­sion to work for a more eq­ui­table, sus­tain­able Nova Sco­tia.

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