Tourism can pay for wa­ter taxi

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

It is time to say no to fund­ing low wage tourism in Sum­mer­side. There is a sub­sidy for har­ness rac­ing, Credit Union Place loses $2 mil­lion a year and there is the ho­tel room tax. Now tourism wants fund­ing for a wa­ter taxi. No, it is time tourism oper­a­tors and ho­tels pay for the en­tire wa­ter taxi pro­ject them­selves.

I read an ar­ti­cle where Is­lan­ders have lit­tle or no pay raises in the last seven years. It is time the tourism in­dus­try in Sum­mer­side pub­lish the wage range of their em­ploy­ees. Add to this any­one who draws Em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance from tourism loses two weeks of earn­ings each year. Peo­ple on Em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance don’t pay into Canada Pen­sion.

Mayor Billy Martin promised 1,000 jobs. Is Martin go­ing to aban­don his prom­ise and fol­low for­mer Mayor Ste­wart and sup­port low wage tourism? Young peo­ple from Hol­land Col­lege and UPEI don’t want part-time min­i­mum wage jobs. Sum­mer­side Tourism wants a wa­ter taxi, then elim­i­nate the ho­tel room tax and im­pose a tourism tax on busi­nesses in Sum­mer­side to pay for the wa­ter taxi. John W. A. Cur­tis, Sum­mer­side

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