So, within the space of 24 hours, we learn that our MLAs are not only in line for a salary raise, but that this will be on top of an increase they have already been receiving since Jan.1.
Yet our provincial government has ignored the priorities that are on the electorate's agenda (health care, education, jobs, the environment), preferring to fritter away tax dollars on dubious schemes such as the Plan B highway, the 2014 slush fund, the Holman Hotel boondoggle, etc., running up a record deficit in the process. Then, they stick it to us, the taxpayers, by bringing in the HST, presumably to pay for all this mismanagement.
Now, MLAs want a pay raise? Whatever happened to the idea that pay raises should bear some relation to performance? If such were to be the case, they should be voting themselves a pay cut.
So, I beg to differ from those letter writers of late who think it would be a good idea to add more MLAs to the crop of 27 that we currently have. Considering that Whitby, Ont., a community with the same population as P.E.I., manages with just one MLA, we are over-governed as it is.
Our problem is not insufficient government, but a poor one. Enough already. It’s time for a fresh approach. Bring on the NDP.