No more ex­cuses

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL -

“I didn’t know.” “No­body told me.” “I for­got.”

The ex­cuses you would ex­pect to hear from a four-year-old caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

In­stead, th­ese are the ex­cuses we have been hear­ing lately from our es­teemed premier and his min­is­ters, the very peo­ple who have been en­trusted with gov­ern­ing our prov­ince for the next four years. The peo­ple who made all kinds of prom­ises dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign, only to toss them aside when they achieved their goal.

No, Mr. Premier you can’t use the “I didn’t know things were so bad” ar­gu­ment; ev­ery think­ing per­son in the prov­ince had a pretty good idea how bad things re­ally were.

It is time for this gov­ern­ment to start lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple who elected them and ad­dress­ing our prob­lems in a more re­spon­si­ble man­ner.

If you want to save money in gov­ern­ment, ask the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally do the work of gov­ern­ment. They can iden­tify many ar­eas where money is mis­spent and wasted on a daily ba­sis.

Yes, we know sac­ri­fices have to be made if we are to get out of this fi­nan­cial cri­sis but don’t try to solve all our prob­lems on the backs of low in­come fam­i­lies, se­niors and the younger gen­er­a­tion. Most of all, start gov­ern­ing with hon­esty and in­tegrity (words you can look up in any dic­tionary or on your iPhone); you owe the peo­ple of this prov­ince at least that much.

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