No Wonder this Guy has Smile on his Face



Just the other night on the CBC news Senator Mike Duffy posed the idea of a Maritime Union, in other words Nova Scotia – New Brunswick and PEI should merge. One large provincial government, one health dept, one finance dept, one environment dept etc etc. A great idea in my opinion and a good way to save many costs. Would you believe our local MLA’s were outraged, what a terrible idea they declared!!! We already co-operate fully with our neighbour provinces. Well that might be true, but their real concern is they could lose their gold plated jobs and perks.
I have copied and pasted an article below that will show just how arrogant our elected government members are. Remember this is just one area of the greed taxpayers have to live with.

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Since June, Health Minister Doug Currie upgraded from his 2010 Honda Accord to a 2013 Ford Edge with a price tag of $25,800.

Finance Minister Wes Sheridan won’t drive his personal vehicle any more but will instead use a 2013 Ford Escape priced at $29,809.

The province is running record deficits and these ministers seem to not get it. Now is not the time for politicians to be driving around in fancy automobiles that are brand new,” Kevin Lacey, Atlantic Canada Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said.

“The taxpayers, given the economy, are struggling. Ministers are throwing
it in their face when they drive brand new vehicles that most taxpayers themselves – who are paying for them – can’t afford.”

Island MLAs have spent $331,176.95 on vehicles within the last five years. The provincial government covers the full cost of each vehicle while operating costs are paid through each minister’s department.

This includes fuel, oil, repairs, replacement parts, washes and waxes, and insurance. Taxpayers are also footing the bill for the province’s 13 deputy ministers costing a total of $104,364 a year.

Each deputy minister receives $8,028 annually in lieu of purchasing a vehicle.

Mr Lacey said politicians deserve to have the tools they need to do their job, “but there are other ways to do this than buying vehicles for ministers.”

Minister of Agriculture and Forestry George Webster still drives the most expensive vehicle. The price of his 2011 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck, $37,200, is the exact limit for a government owned vehicle set down by the province. The oldest vehicle in the fleet is a 2008 Toyota Corolla owned by leader of the opposition Olive Crane.

Premier Robert Ghiz is the only member of the legislative assembly who drives his own vehicle. He collects a monthly allowance of $775 in lieu of using a government-purchased vehicle.

Mr Lacey wants action, if not from the province, then from its constituents.

“One of the things we hope by (this being made) public is that taxpayers will be angry, they’ll contact their officials, and demand change. Certainly, if there’s one thing we should learn from the release of this information, it is politicians have to live like everyone else has to live – which is to live within their means,” Mr Lacey said.

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There you have it folks, while we struggle to keep our vehicles on the road, keep gas in them and repair, feed our families and heat our homes, these arrogant politicians drive around in luxury at our expense. It has to stop, there is no excuse for this greed while people go hungry.
God Bless and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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