Bloom of exceptionalism fades from NDP in expense claims controversy
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