IN MY OPINION
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