Bro­ken elec­tion prom­ise not for­got­ten

Cape Breton Post - - Editorial -

Ev­ery three or four years in Nova Sco­tia we have an elec­tion. With this come prom­ises from politi­cians of all stripes. My ex­pe­ri­ence over the years has been that prom­ises are made to sway vot­ers even though the politi­cians know a lot of these prom­ises can­not and will not be ac­com­plished.

Dur­ing the 2013 elec­tion, a prom­ise was made by the Lib­eral can­di­date for Cape Bre­ton Rich­mond, Michel Sam­son, that was, and I quote, “to as­sem­ble a work­ing group of MLAs, se­nior bu­reau­crats and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the com­mu­nity to en­gage the union and re­tirees in ex­plor­ing pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to the New­page pen­sion short­fall.”

I served on a com­mit­tee of re­tirees who worked hard in an ef­fort to re­store some of the pen­sion short­fall. On Oct. 23, 2013, I called Sam­son’s of­fice ask­ing his sec­re­tary to have Michel call me. She told me he would be in touch by the week­end. I never re­ceived a re­turn call from our MLA.

I called his of­fice again on Nov. 15 and Nov. 23, 2013, ask­ing his sec­re­tary to have him call me. There was no re­sponse to my re­quest.

I called Michel’s Hal­i­fax of­fice on Dec. 10, 2013 ask­ing to speak with Michel. His as­sis­tant said that she would give the mes­sage to his ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant. That same day I had a dis­cus­sion with Ellen Burke and gave her some in­for­ma­tion about our pen­sion com­mit­tee and re­minded her of Michel’s prom­ise dur­ing the elec­tion. She promised me that ei­ther her­self or Michel would get back to me.

On Jan. 14, 2014, Michel fi­nally called me. He stated that they were in dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing the New­page pen­sion short­fall and he should have some­thing to say on this very soon.

I in­formed him that we had made a pro­posal to the NDP govern­ment. He asked me to send him a copy of that pro­posal which I did the fol­low­ing day. That was the last time I ever heard from Michel Sam­son. There was never any follow up with me.

In my judge­ment, the prom­ise made by Sam­son was noth­ing other than a ploy to gain votes and take ad­van­tage of a group of vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple who had just lost up to 40 per cent of their in­come. For me it is a prime ex­am­ple of a politi­cian cross­ing the line with elec­tion prom­ises.

Rod­die A MacDon­ald Port Hawkes­bury

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.