Expenses impossible to justify to those who are struggling
I was talking to a friend who worked underground with me at Lingan. He did not qualify for a Devco pension and he is only 56. He was struggling with a dilemma: pay for oil or power or his mortgage, or to buy some healthy food for him and his wife who has been ill for some time. His injuries from mining coal prevented him from going down the road to Fort Mac.
MLAs are dipping and spending without a thought of people who are suffering. One MLA needs a GPS to find his way to the trough. Another puts in an $8,000 generator so he can watch his 40-inch LCD TV when the power goes out, all billed to the people of Nova Scotia.
MLAs are paid an $84 per diem when the legislature is in session; people on social assistance don’t get $84 a week after rent. When are we going to share the wealth with those who really need it? When was the last time any of these MLAs went hungry?
I would like people on disability entitlements to know there are special diet entitlements of up to $150 a month if your doctor or dietician agrees you need them to eat and stay healthy. In the long run we would reduce medical costs if only the government could see past the prejudice and the myth surrounding welfare fraud. In actual fact, it is less than three per cent of the total budget each year.
It is the government that controls entitlements, not the workers at the Department of Community Services. Maybe the premier could borrow that GPS unit to get on track and provide real changes for the poor and disabled. Glen Muise Sydney Editor’s note: The generator was installed at the MLA’s home and the TV in his constituency office.