Editor: Remember the offensive amount of money the provincial minister of fisheries is accused of spending on meals using his government credit card? An amount in excess of $7,000 or $8,000 depending on whose figures we believe? Well our Premier Robert Ghiz, looking as cool as a cucumber, explained that away on a TV interview last night.
Well maybe he did appear a wee bit uncomfortable, a little hot under the collar perhaps. Nevertheless, like the majority of taxpayers I’m relieved to know this government has checks and balances in place to prevent the misuse of government credit cards. Phew! That is a relief, silly me thinking they might accidentally overspend. I should really pay more attention before writing about my concerns.
After all, didn’t the deputy premier quickly pay back the money he charged after unwittingly sitting on a TV remote in a U.S. hotel and accidentally programming a $40 movie? Surely charging a $2 packet of gum on a government credit was done in a moment of inattention by our ever so busy Minister of Finance Wes Sheridan. I understand when this infraction was kindly pointed out by the opposition he immediately repaid the outstanding amount. I feel so good knowing our elected officials are looking after our interests.
Checks and balances are good things to have in place. The next time Ronnie uses his government credit I will feel safe knowing his credit card payment will be approved. Our government accountants will ensure the checks balance and the debts get paid. We have nothing to worry about, and if things were to get a wee bit tighter, well, good ole Wes can just increase the HST.
F. Ben Rodgers,