Time to put a stop to double dipping
It just doesn’t seem right that some politicians are able to “double dip.” Surely, some way can be found that taxpayers can escape paying a politician twice.
For example, Liberal MP Gerry Byrne, a former federal cabinet minister from the west coast is setting himself up to do just that whether intentionally or not. When he resigns from the House of Commons, he will receive a severance half his salary of $167,400. Then, when he turns 55, he will collect a federal pension until he turns 80 totalling ( lifetime) $3,450,711, according to the Huff- ington Post and the Canadian Taxpayers Association.
If Mr. Byrne gets elected to the House of Assembly this November as is most likely, he will also most likely get a cabinet position due to his experience as a long time MP and serving in the federal cabinet. That means a salary of $149,429. If he serves two terms in the House of Assembly, Mr. Byrne then is eligible for a provincial pension and severance to go along with his federal ones.
Mr. Byrne had one job; representing the people of Newfoundland, but will end up with two severance payments and two political pensions funded by taxpayers.
Now Mr. Byrne is not the only politician likely to join the “double dipper” club, Ms. Yvonne Jones, former Liberal member of the House of Assembly and now a Liberal member of the House of Commons is headed in that direction.
I wonder if our politicians will do something to correct this unfair situation Newfoundland taxpayers are saddled with.
Doug Smith writes from Grand Falls-Windsor