In 1992, I bought a property on P.E.I. Since I was living in New Brunswick, I paid extra on my Island property taxes, and I did not have a P.E.I. health card. In 1996, when I became a permanent Island resident, my property tax assessment was adjusted to that of a permanent resident, and because I was now contributing to the P.E.I. health-care system, I was given a P.E.I. health card - no problems.
I hold dual citizenship, and even a small share in my mother's home in England, but if I visit my brothers there and have a health issue requiring medical attention, I have to pay for it. Why? Simply because I have not contributed to the British National Health Care system in 50 years.
From these two personal examples, it seems very clear to me that all this brouhaha re Senator Mike Duffy's claim to P.E.I. residency is fuelled by his personal greed. He does not have a P.E.I. health card because, obviously, he has not contributed to the P.E.I. health care system, ergo, he is not a resident of P.E.I.
Remember, Mr. Duffy was a CBC parliamentary correspondent for quite a number of years. He almost certainly did not live on P.E.I. then.
I find it repugnant and an insult to Islanders and Canadian tax-payers that this man, drawing a senator's salary and probably a
more-than-adequate CBC pension, should even consider claiming over $40,000 (a middle-income person's annual wage) living allowance so blatantly.
Janet C. Gomersall,