More politi­cians needed from the work­ing class

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - Paul White Scotch­town

I have re­ceived a lot of calls about my pre­vi­ous let­ter, Ex­pense Shenani­gans Es­pe­cially Dis­ap­point­ing to Sup­port­ers of NDP, Feb. 6. Most com­ments have been sim­i­lar: “ What can you do about it?” “It’ll be swept un­der the rug by next month.” or “I give up – I’ll never vote again. They’re all crooks!”

That’s def­i­nitely the wrong way to go. Th­ese peo­ple have to be held ac­count­able for your tax dol­lars, es­pe­cially when we do without while they lav­ish them­selves with gifts. Most of th­ese MLAs, as in the Billy Joe MacLean fi­asco, will prob­a­bly get re-elected.

Why peo­ple think only a doc­tor or a lawyer can do the job is be­yond me! The most car­ing and hon­est peo­ple I have ever met are work­ing class, go­ing day to day with lit­tle or noth­ing – not only not com­plain­ing but shar­ing what they have with oth­ers.

All those un­ac­count­able funds would have been great for help­ing fam­i­lies in dis­tress who have no heat­ing oil or have had their power cut off by our friendly Nova Sco­tia Power while sickness knocks the fam­ily down.

With the Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety of Cape Bre­ton-Vic­to­ria be­ing swal­lowed up by the pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, out the door goes com­pas­sion and in comes the old Graba-Num­ber. Rest as­sured, the of­fice will close at 5 p.m. like the rest of gov­ern­ment.

How great to be a politi­cian who could show an hon­est list of ex­penses, how­ever high, that were used to help oth­ers in the con- stituency in­stead of him­self. It’s al­ways the same peo­ple head­ing up the fundrais­ing for fam­i­lies and col­lect­ing for those who are hurt­ing. Th­ese are the peo­ple that should be elected.

Tell Premier Dar­rell Dex­ter and MP Mark Eyk­ing who you want to see run­ning in your area. Then maybe you will have a gov­ern­ment we can truly say is by the peo­ple and for the peo­ple.

Day­dream­ing? Maybe. Giv­ing up? Never! You lose only when you give up and don’t care any­more who is elected to han­dle your tax dol­lars.

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