IN MY OPIN­ION

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE -

The only rea­son some MLAs paid back money is that they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

MLAs who sub­mit­ted bills that were not le­git­i­mate ex­penses were rip­ping off tax­pay­ers. As far as I am con­cerned it is steal­ing. The only rea­son some MLAs paid back money is that they got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

There should be some form of rep­ri­mand re­gard­less of the amount in­volved. An MLA’s salary is $86,619 per year, very lu­cra­tive and ad­e­quate. MLAs also re­ceive nice perks and it would not sur­prise me at all if th­ese to­talled as much or more per year than their salaries.

MLAs who know­ingly filed ex­ces­sive ex­pense claims have no in­tegrity and do not de­serve to be elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the peo­ple. Politi­cians have many re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to deal with but a very im­por­tant one is the pro­tec­tion of tax­pay­ers’ money.

The Feb. 5 Cape Bre­ton Post ed­i­to­rial, Ex­pense Abuse Eas­ily Solved, sug­gested a very sim­ple so­lu­tion that would help elim­i­nate this waste­ful and un­nec­es­sary spending: have in­di­vid­ual item­ized ex­penses posted on the In­ter­net as soon as they are paid – ev­ery penny. I think that this is an ex­cel­lent sug­ges­tion and if this pro­ce­dure were adopted it would help stop such spending.

I be­lieve that the vast ma­jor­ity of vot­ers do not ap­pre­ci­ate our MLAs squan­der­ing their tax dol­lars and they will let them know on elec­tion day. Roy Jes­some Syd­ney River

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