Expense shenanigans especially disappointing to supporters of NDP
I can only hope the embarrassment the New Democrats should feel brings home to them how their supporters feel. After 25 years of watching Tories and Liberals run the show, now we see the NDP involved in the same corrupt spending.
For Premier Darrell Dexter to say he’ll pay back excessive expense claims means nothing. What that really says is: “I got caught, so I’ll pay it back.”
There is no grey area in honesty. Isn’t there enough incentive in political salaries and perks for those elected to serve the people honestly?
For the system to be truly honest there should be no spending without receipts in municipal, provincial and federal government. That money belongs to the people; it is not a politician’s personal piggy bank.
We see expense claims of more than $13,000 for custom furniture and $2,500 for a television while injured people get the shaft from the Workers’ Compensation Board and people on Canada Pension get a $5 raise over 10 years.
Generations of our family preached NDP; all the New Democrats needed was a chance to show what they could do because they are the “ working people’s party.” They got the chance and this is how they act.
Our family has a favourite quote that I use to teach my children when they have done wrong, and I hope they continue to use it in the following generations. Here it is: “Is that all your good name is worth to you?” Editor’s note: The auditor general’s look at MLA expense claims covered the three years ending last June, the same month that the NDP came to power.