Ex­pense shenani­gans es­pe­cially dis­ap­point­ing to sup­port­ers of NDP

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - Paul White Scotch­town

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.

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