Bloom of ex­cep­tion­al­ism fades from NDP in ex­pense claims con­tro­versy

Cape Breton Post - - Comment -

I can’t agree more with Paul White’s Feb. 6 let­ter, Ex­pense Shenani­gans Es­pe­cially Dis­ap­point­ing to NDP Sup­port­ers. As a long-time sup­porter of the NDP and a can­di­date on three oc­ca­sions, I too was a firm be­liever that the NDP was dif­fer­ent.

When­ever I would cam­paign and hear, “ You politi­cians are all the same,” I would say, “How can you say that when the NDP has never formed gov­ern­ment?” If only we were given a chance we would show them.

That chance came on June 9. Fi­nally, we had a gov­ern­ment that would prove it is not the same as pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments.

What a wake-up call we re­ceived. First there were din­ners and he­li­copter rides at the ex­pense of tax­pay­ers; now it’s lap­top com­put­ers, dig­i­tal cam­eras and custom-made fur­ni­ture.

Yes, the other par­ties are in­volved, and shame on them, but this is the NDP. We were sup­posed to be dif­fer­ent. We are the party of the com­mon peo­ple. We are not like the oth­ers.

What­ever hap­pened to “A bet­ter deal for to­day’s fam­i­lies”?

To all those peo­ple whose vote I asked for, I can now say you were right. The NDP is now no dif­fer­ent from the oth­ers.

What should be done to the MLAs who claimed th­ese ex­penses? What would hap­pen if the com­mon worker did this? The an­swer is ob­vi­ous.

The dic­tio­nary de­fines in­tegrity as a stead­fast ad­her­ence to a strict moral or eth­i­cal code. When a per­son loses in­tegrity he loses ev­ery­thing.

It’s time that th­ese MLAs took a good look at them­selves as pub­lic ser­vants and asked them­selves what their good name is worth to them. Brian Slaney Syd­ney River

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