Dexter - disappointment and expectations - part 2
Thats three four to the rescue from across Canada.
Where is the Nova Scotia calvary?
There is also the issue that Dexter was paying his $3500 barrister fees out of consituency expencies. Then defending that on TV last Friday despite knowing how riled people are.
[ETA: "Those fees total $10,642.67 since mid-2006, says his office"]
First 3 letters in today's paper:
I read the article in last Friday's Globe and Mail about Premier Darrell Dexter charging the Nova Scotia taxpayers for the professional fees to maintain his standing as a lawyer. His rationale? "I use the knowledge and experience I have in relation to that every day in everything I do." As a provincial civil servant who pays his own professional fees, I could say the same. Yet I don't see Mr. Dexter offering to pay the professional fees of hundreds of civil servants who pay their own way.
Is there no end to these stories? And who are these people, and where did they get this sense of entitlement?
Michael Colborne, Halifax
Not job requirement
Mr. Dexter, you don't need to be a lawyer to do your job. A gym teacher can do the job.
I think the old CCFers like Clarie Gillis, Mickey "The Boo" MacDonald and Russell Cunningham would not be too proud of your actions.
Pay your own barrister fees.
Charles Metcalfe, Halifax
Watching the 6 p.m. CBC newscast Friday evening, I was infuriated with the arrogant remarks by our premier when he said he had no intention of repaying taxpayers for his annual barrister fees to the tune of $3,100. What a nerve he has to charge us for this fee.
It seems he is showing his contempt for us voters when he is thinking of raising taxes after his promise not to do so in May of 2009 during his campaign for leader of this province.
He has just committed political suicide. Perhaps "NDP" can now mean "Never Depend on a Politician."
The NDP is as bad as other political parties, as noted from the recent MLAs expense scandal. I am sure that many Nova Scotians who watched the CBC news that evening think the same.
Edward Watt, Halifax
The problem with the constituency expenses system is that it let MLAs spend it on whatever they wanted, and they had a lot of discretionary funds since the allowance was well above the basic needs of equiping and maintaining an office.
Many MLAs were scrupulous about the seperation between office expenses and what was de facto a personal expense that most people would expect to see paid out of their salaries. Not surprisingly, without any accountability, a number of MLAs were not so scrupulous.
This system was the idea of the Liberals and PCs, and the NDP spoke in committee against it. You would think that would lead to some Caucus discussion, if not standards, for the use of the allowances. There was already central direction or oversight on a number of key consitutuency office activities.
So it bites. Big surprise.
Fellow Nova Scotian Peter Mackay has just announced he will repay the $3100 in bar fees he expensed last year.
Well, at least now we have a better sense of what the the NSNDP meant all along in presenting themselves as something different from the others.
I'm trying to stop laughing long enough to scold you for being provocative, SJ.
Looks like lunch time for senate fat-cats.