Editor: On Thursday, Oct. 10, an article appeared in The Guardian that a panel was seeking input for the pay for our MLAs. I believe this panel should examine why we have 27 MLAs.
1. P.E.I. has one MLA for approximately 5,000 constituents.
2 Nova scotia has 51 MLAs for 900,000 people, a ratio of one per 18,000 constituents.
3. New Brunswick has 49 MLAs for approximately 751,000 people; a ratio of one per 15,000 constituents after electoral redistribution reduced the MLA numbers by six.
Why is our government 'top heavy'? This problem was not caused by the present Liberal government but was created by both parties in the past. We should reduce our number of MLAs to 11 for a ratio of one per 13,000 constituents.
The savings for 16 MLA would be approximately $1.1 million per year plus other expenses that we the citizens are paying; full pensions after being elected for two terms. The cost would be much higher. A full cost analysis should be done to establish the cost to Islanders as I suspect the figure would be staggering. Let the present MLAs of both parties address this issue and bring some sanity to this injustice on our citizens.
Eustace R. Reeves,