Money for party but not basics

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Editor:

All the talk surrounding the 2014 legacy plans and celebrations are really disgusting.

First I hear that a group came forward tosuggest the legacy for 2014 be moving the provincial Supreme Court back to its historic home in the Coles Building next to province house. In the process, this would require constructing a new MLA office at an approximate cost of $12-$15 million.

If this was not bad enough, I then hear that Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee put a request in to have a provincial museum constructed in the capital as part of the 2014 legacy. A report in 2009 suggested the museum could cost as much as $41 million. This on top of other ideas, such as moving the official Canada Day celebrations from Ottawa to Charlottetown for 2014 and another visit from Prince William and Kate.

It is tough to stomach these ideas when our province has so many other issues yet the provincial government claims it has no money or needs to save money. The provincial government stated it

had no extra money to fulfil its electionpromise to Souris of a new state-of-the-art school. Plans of closing dialysis units in Souris and Alberton have been delayed but their future is still unknown. Plan B is going ahead and homeowners and landowners in the area face expropriation. People were fired this past spring with no notice at all. The effects of the HST on

middle- to low-income Islanders will be negatively felt when it is introduced next spring.

How can a province and city be planning such activities and discussing ideas for 2014 when the residents of the province are suffering and our services are being cut, when our health care is in disarray, our primary industries are suffering and Islanders will be paying more taxes for our decreasing services? It is not

right that our elected officials claim they have no money for vital necessities to help Islanders but yet they want to plan a big party that Islanders cannot afford and may not be around to attend come 2014.

Stephen M. LaPierre,

Souris

Organizations: Supreme Court

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Ottawa

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