Gold-plated pen­sions dis­gust­ing

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - (Ret) Capt. Wil­fred Bartlett writes from Green Bay South

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.

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