MLA ex­penses the talk of the town

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

Ev­ery­where you go, peo­ple are talk­ing about the ex­penses of Nova Sco­tia’s MLA. The pub­lic has never been more frus­trated.

Some are com­par­ing this to the scan­dal in the New­found­land House of As­sem­bly and to what is go­ing on in Eng­land. In both of th­ese places, crim­i­nal charges have been laid.

We should not stop talk­ing about this. We should not let it go. Our premier can­not push this is­sue hard enough be­cause even he has some ques­tion­able ex­penses.

If MLAs broke the law, know­ingly or un­know­ingly, this must be ex­posed. Now more than ever we need the news me­dia to keep this story go­ing. File un­der free­dom of in­for­ma­tion if nec­es­sary; keep up the scru­tiny.

Groups such those work­ing to over­come fam­ily vi­o­lence or for child wel­fare or com­mu­nity ser­vices could have ben­e­fited from this money.

Imag­ine how many com­put­ers we could have bought with the money that has been squan­dered on P3 schools with old tech­nol­ogy.

Ev­ery MLA should come clean with con­stituents. Per­haps ev­ery MLA should have a town hall meet­ing to tell to all con­stituents what is hap­pen­ing in their rid­ing. This would be the right thing to do. Paul Car­ri­gan Port Cale­do­nia

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