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Since Muskrat Falls is going ahead, its multi-billion-dollar cost will be added to the provincial debt and if no new big oil fields are discovered, I’m afraid Newfoundland will return to “have not” status or worse.

Therefore, an open and full disclosure of how our tax dollars are being spent is necessary. In particular, adopting a practice of Ontario, that is, publishing the names and salaries of those who receive compensation of $100,000 or more from the public purse.

The citizens’ taxes pay the salaries, so at that level we should know who and how much we are paying.

We need this law because politicians are always up to some kind of shenanigans with our money. The Len Simms episode is an example. He was appointed by the Progressive Conservative government to be the head of Newfoundland and Labrador Housing at a salary of $150,000. He resigned this position to run the PC campaign during the last election. After the election, he was reappointed to his  job. I don’t think this was fair or right.

The other parties don’t give me any comfort that they will do the right thing either. This past week, PC member Tom Osborne quit the PC party. He was in cabinet (salary $150,000)  before being booted out.

After Premier Dunderdale told him he was not getting back in (MHA salary, $100,000 not $150,000),  he quit.

The worst part about Osborne is that he voted for the government secrecy Bill 29, although he later said he knew it was wrong.

Where is the man’s integrity?

Both Liberal and NDP parties said they would consider taking him into their fold.

Where is their integrity?

Unfortunately, this is the kind of people looking after our tax dollars. Speaking of which, how about an accounting of the $7 million to $10 million dollars the government gave “The Republic of Doyle” over the years?

How many and who connected with that show received $100,000 or more of the citizens’ money?

Let’s have some transparency with the peoples’ tax dollars.

Doug Smith

Grand Falls/Windsor

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Housing, NDP

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Ontario, Republic of Doyle

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  • Winston Adams
    September 21, 2012 - 12:23

    Seems to be a lot like the politics of Peter Cashin's/ Squires era. Read his book. The public had little knowledge of what was going on, and rioted only when it was too late, having been led into bankrupsy by corrupt politicans, whichever party. Now , we're supposed to be educated , with open democracy, and an engaged public. What's our excuse if we are again led into financial disaster by a few who can profit from the public purse. Are we really "too green to burn" as Morine once said? It's sad to see most defer to those in power, at a time when every stone should be turned to ensure and prove this Muskrat Falls scheme doesn't cripple our financial standing and our future. This power for the island may be needed some time in the future, but likely not for decades as there are cheaper and better alternatives that are being ignored. To gauge the intergity of politicans, the past is a guide to the present. Little but the faces have changes from the times when a handful of merchants controlled our destiny here. Guess that's how democracy works, here anyway.

  • W McLean
    September 21, 2012 - 09:59

    Mr. Smith, regarding Len Simms, you say "He resigned this position to run the PC campaign during the last election." Nothing Could Be Further From The Truth.™ He resigned from this position twice, to run the PC campaigns during the last TWO elections.

  • Foghorn Leghorn
    September 21, 2012 - 09:18

    Mr. Smith you bring up an interesting point, politicians and integrity, the oxymoron comes to my mind!