MLA expense system set up for abuse
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