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  • James Williams
    June 02, 2013 - 12:49

    So what would your answer, surely not vote in a party that is Anti-Business and have publically stated that the first thing they would do would be to raise the corporate tax thus driving the majority of business out of an area? Or would you suggest ever so subtly that we as a city should vote out a business friendly mayor and vote in an individual who is so anti-business/corporations that you'd have to be blind not to see it.

  • Happily Retired
    June 02, 2013 - 12:03

    I agree with your point about the present political corruption, but could I add another point? It's not just the business community which holds its employees accountable. In fact, using the salaries of the CEOs of various banks might disprove that theory. However, if politicians and their cliques were also held to the same standards as ordinary "non political" public employees we would also be better served. For example, during the constituency scandal of a few years ago, it is somewhat hard to believe that many politicians could have really believed their claims for some of their constituency allowances were honest. However, at the end of the day the politicians were let off the hook and were only required to pay back the money. Those same politicians will now look at the electorate and say, "I paid back what I owed." It's as if they feel entitled to do what they did. Shortly thereafter, claiming procedures for ordinary provincial public employees were seriously tightened up. It were as if the "non political" public employees were blamed for the actions of the "political" staffers. At the same time "political staffing" went haywire. The big problem seems that over the years, politicians and their cliques have developed an unhealthy sense of self-entitlement and the decay is prevalent in all parties and at all levels. Some serious reform is required but we can't count on politicians to do it.

    • Eli
      June 03, 2013 - 12:49

      Bang on again Russell! The senior PC senator is advocating stricter rules for their expenses. She said something like ":Cabinet Business" on expense sheets just doesn't cut it. She wants more accountability and detail. Could we dare to expect NL follow suit? Kevin O'Brien's trips back and forth to Gander come to mind.

  • Cyril Rogers
    June 01, 2013 - 16:42

    Mr. Wangersky, your columns about politics almost always provoke a strong response in me, usually in total agreement with your take on things. It seem that the more politicians try to invoke ethics(talking the talk)the more they stray from any sense of morality(walking the walk)in their efforts to control everything. Both the provincial and federal governments are absorbed in their own agendas, at the expense of their citizens, and that makes them dangerous, in my opinion. We know Muskrat Falls will be a financial disaster for our province...yet the PC's press onward...to feather the nests of their corporate friends, in my opinion. The feds support it because there is something in it for their own corporate supporters, especially in N.S. I am alternatively angered and saddened by this situation, but what are we to do? How can the citizens of our province combat this colossal mistake when they simply will not listen or reconsider?

  • Pierre Neary
    June 01, 2013 - 10:10

    Fantastic column. Sometimes the truth hurts but it still has to be told.

  • Bob
    June 01, 2013 - 09:49

    "Heck, think about it in municipal terms:" When the mayor of CBS was brought to heel for the town's spending $120,000.00 running around the continent his response went something like: "If you want to get the word out you gotta travel". And he and his merry band not only did that, they're still doing it.

  • Wallace
    June 01, 2013 - 09:47

    One curious observation about the Provincial Govt s that they have 36 members, yet several have multiple titles/roles, is there not enough talent to go around. We are essentially run by King, Marshall, gerome & kathy, everyone else is along for the money

  • wtf
    June 01, 2013 - 07:22

    Governments and business are suppose to have the same goals - to improve the well being of their shareholders. The problem is that they behave the same way - the Board of Directors (or politicians) take care themselves first and become more brazen until the shareholders say Enough, and turf them out. Only to replace them with another lot that will behave the same way.