Gold-plated pensions disgusting
Last year I attended three public consultation meetings on the budget. I made some suggestions on how government could cut back on spending. A lot of it would affect me and cost me more money.
I was satisfied to do it because this province is in the most dire situation in my lifetime and I don’t want my children and grandchildren paying for our wasteful spending and blunders by our governments.
I like, like tens of thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians worked hard all our lives to feed our families, didn’t have the luxury of a government-funded pension and now have to live on a fixed income of around $20,000.
What happened this month with the MHAs in the House of Assembly has got me fuming and pissed off.
The Independent Members Compensation Review Committee said that the 20 politicians first elected in last year’s general election should be part of the new revised pension plan, but the members both PC and Liberal voted for the 20 new members to be grandfathered into the gold-plated pen- sion already in place. They sure are leading by example.
This year’s budget has cost most of the people in this province thousands of dollars in extra taxes to try and get the leaks in the ship repaired and keep her afloat, but I see no evidence of that. We are still floundering around in rough seas.
In the last election there were 20 new MHAs elected and if you were to ask any one of them they would tell you they wanted to get in government to make a difference, but when questioned by James McLead of The Telegram, we find out the truth. They stated, “it was what we were elected on, it was the contract we signed when we ran for office.”
Most of the ones elected, their salaries doubled and are getting approximately four-to-five times more than the majority of our seniors and they are not satisfied to accept the recommendation by the Independent Review Committee for changes to the pension plan.
I have spent a lot of time in my lifetime campaigning to get someone in the House of Assembly who I thought could make a difference.
Come next election I will not be out in the cold and snow dragging people out to the polling booth to vote for any member in the House of Assembly that voted against the recommendation of Sandra Burke and her Committee, but I will do my best to cancel their contract.
We provide a job for these people and they decide what their pay should be and what benefits they receive.
Every time I fill up my truck from now on I will be reminded of the extra taxes I have to pay on my gas so that the MHA can keep their gold-plated pension. Shame on you all and don’t bother to send me a Christmas card, you are the Grinch who stole Christmas.
Every time I fill up my truck from now on I will be reminded of the extra taxes I have to pay on my gas so that the MHA can keep their goldplated pension.