Editor: I am writing this letter to the Guardian to remind readers that they can voice their opinion as to whether or not our local Members of the P.E.I. Legislature should get a raise. If you missed the small notice in the classified section on Saturday, September 28th, you can go to the website www.assembly.pe.ca to see it. Comments must be made in writing no later than October 18th.
For the many unhappy people who have voiced their concerns in letters to the editor, now is your chance to give advice to the Commission who will make the decision.
Personally, I am recommending the Members of the Legislative Assembly, Speaker, Premier, Ministers, Leader of the Official Opposition and others NOT get any increase in salary or benefits of any kind for the following reasons:
1. Topping up their pension fund with the taxpayers’ money because of the downturn in the economy;
2. Converting debt load into long-term debt 40 years;
3. Spending millions of dollars that we don’t have to build a highway we don’t need $18 million if it comes in on budget;
4. Supplying taxpayers’ money to expand a private hotel. Started at $18 million but is now $24 million.
If my employees were making these kinds of decisions, I’d not be conducting a review to consider a possible salary increase it would be more like the possibility of showing them the unemployment line.