Clark­son’s ex­penses

National Post (National Edition) - - EDITORIAL LETTERS -

Re: For­mer GG spent more than re­vealed; and Clark­son’s spend­ing, Let­ter to the Ed­i­tor, Nov. 6

Why can’t Adri­enne Clark­son raise some of the re­quired costs on her own? For­mer pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton raises gobs of money with his speak­ing en­gage­ments, and he’s not too proud to do so. Why can’t our for­mer GGs do a bit of the same? It seems not only an Adri­enne Clark­son prob­lem, but a prob­lem around the cul­ture at Rideau Hall. As a Cana­dian and a tax­payer, it’s em­bar­rass­ing and ir­re­spon­si­ble. Ian Robert­son, Arm­strong, B.C.

While I ab­hor the ex­cesses past GGs have wrought upon Cana­di­ans, it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily fol­low that it be the cat­a­lyst for break­ing our con­sti­tu­tional mould as let­ter writer Selby Mar­tin sug­gests.

Rather, if we ap­pointed prop­erly qual­i­fied peo­ple, eg David John­ston (no re­la­tion), rather than ap­ply the id­iocy of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, our suc­cess rate would be con­sid­er­ably higher and the hand­wring­ing a deal less. Alis­tair John­ston, Lan­g­ley, B.C.

So as I strug­gle to pay my bills while rais­ing a fam­ily, I now re­al­ize what I have been do­ing wrong all th­ese years. It is al­most a decade since I de­parted the com­pany that em­ployed me for over 20 years, but un­der the “Adri­enne Clark­son rule” I should still be billing my for­mer em­ployer for six-fig­ure ex­pense claims ev­ery year. Silly me.

Surely noth­ing bet­ter il­lus­trates the gap­ing chasm be­tween the gov­ern­ing elites and those whom they gov­ern than the ob­scen­ity of hard­work­ing, fi­nan­cially dis­tressed Cana­dian tax­pay­ers hav­ing to fund this rich, en­ti­tled woman’s ex­trav­a­gant life­style. And what makes it even more galling is the fact that left­ies like her per­sist in the be­lief that they are morally su­pe­rior to those of us who ad­vo­cate lower taxes and smaller, less waste­ful gov­ern­ment. Paul Hig­gins, North Van­cou­ver

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