Min­is­ter breaks the law, we get the bill

The Western Star - - Editorial -

What should hap­pen to a min­is­ter of the Crown who breaks his own gov­ern­ment’s laws and in do­ing so costs us, the tax­pay­ers, hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lar in court costs? When Min­is­ter Perry Trimper re­leased the Grieg Aquacultur­e pro­posal from fur­ther study last year, he had no au­thor­ity to do so; the law re­quired him to call for an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State­ment. But Trimper ig­nored that law and now we are all pay­ing for the con­se­quences. Did he act alone? Did any­one twist his arm? I guess only time will tell.

And shame on every Lib­eral min­is­ter for al­low­ing this to hap­pen. They all had to know the law — the law is quite clear and it shouldn’t take Jus­tice Gil­lian But­ler to re­mind them they are not above the law. And they won­der why we are all be­com­ing dis­gusted with politi­cians like this. They are no bet­ter than the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives. Boy, did I ever waste my vote.

And oh, by the way, if you would re­ally like to see why they so adamantly broke the law, just Google “the most toxic food in the world.” Go fig­ure, be­cause I can’t.

Rick Mad­di­gan

St. John’s

And they won­der why we are all be­com­ing dis­gusted with politi­cians like this.

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