MLA ex­pense sys­tem set up for abuse

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

Though dis­ap­point­ing, it was not sur­pris­ing to learn, thanks to our au­di­tor gen­eral, of our MLAs’ mis­deeds, all of which occurred un­der the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment.

Such mis­deeds were to be ex­pected.

Un­der the Con­ser­va­tive watch it was de­cided be­hind closed doors, like most things were done then, not to re­quest re­ceipts from MLAs for many of their ex­pense pur­chases.

This was bound to lead to no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion; it couldn’t help but de­velop a cul­ture of ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity and abuse which could be dif­fi­cult to get rid of now.

What we can be as­sured of and find com­fort in is that this: this will be de­bated in the leg­is­la­ture, which is likely to be again taken se­ri­ously, pro­vid­ing the op­po­si­tion em­braces the idea of gov­ern­ing for the cit­i­zens as op­posed to gov­ern­ing for them­selves and putting im­ped­i­ments in the way of good gov­er­nance.

What we can be thank­ful for is that our gov­ern­ment did not try to con­ceal the hor­ror but let it be in the open. To bal­ance our dis­ap­point­ment, we can be thank­ful that the present gov­ern­ment has saved us mil­lions in the years to come by im­me­di­ately tak­ing away the mon­strous $45,000 the Con­ser­va­tives had overnight be­stowed on MLAs who were leav­ing of­fice.

All the abuses are not go­ing to be sup­pressed in one week when they have been al­lowed to de­velop over a num­ber of years.

There have been sug­ges­tions that the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Leader Karen Casey step down. Why would she? She has not shown any dis­hon­esty.

Be­sides, she has al­ways worked very hard and acted fairly in the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties she was given. Why should she pay for the fault of oth­ers when they did not even oc­cur since she has taken the helm? Chris­tiane Tan­ner Syd­ney

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