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I am writing this letter to the editor to educate the people of Newfoundland and Labrador a little bit more on how our provincial government works.

We have already seen and understood how poorly our resources and hard-earned tax dollars have been managed and distributed in our province.

Does anyone else in this province notice that, during our budget cuts and job losses, that there have been no cuts to government’s wasteful and unnecessary spending?

Just let me talk about one big waste of our tax dollars that is so unnecessary and it still amazes me that no one is talking about this.

I am talking particularly about the lieutenant-governor’s mansion located in St. John’s. It costs the

taxpayers of Newfoundland and Labrador $2 million a year to fund this mansion, just so one person can live there.

Funding this mansion has nothing to do with the lieutenant-governor carrying out his job. He can have an office in Confederation Building to sign documents for the Queen. He can do his job just as effectively without living in a

$2-million mansion.

Any citizen can research and obtain this information if desired. They don’t want you to know exactly how much is spent here, but don’t forget doing your research that he does have another house next to his; he has a cook, butler, chauffeur and gardener living there.

This property is a ridiculous waste of tax dollars and very unnecessary.

I have no problem with us having a lieutenant-governor, but he’s not royalty and doesn’t have to live like the Queen to represent her. My honest opinion is we are the only country in the British Commonwealth who has lieutenant-governors. We only need a governor general in Ottawa.

But if our government has decided we need a lieutenant-governor, for whatever reason, he doesn’t have to live in a mansion. I also want to inform you all that there is a budget of almost $100,000 per year budgeted for all the galas and partying that goes on for the elite citizens of St. John’s and the elite government officials.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale herself admitted this in a speech that this does go on at the mansion. We do not need a lieutenant-governor to live in a $2-million mansion to remind us of where we came from.

We are smarter than that.

There is not one logical explanation from our government for this waste of tax dollars. In recent weeks, we had 25 senior citizens in St. John’s with no place to live and we have one man and his elite crew living in a $2-million mansion.

What a disgrace for our government, which has always kept the

citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador on the low end of the scale ever since we have been a province. That goes for wages and health care and down the list. Kathy Dunderdale should make shutting down this mansion her project before the next election. She may win back some of the respect and votes of the Newfoundland people for the next election if she does so.

Also, Kathy, consider this option: maybe you can buy the lieutenant-governor a gold pen to sign the documents in an office in Confederation Building, or maybe not because he probably already has one.

Anything but a $2-million mansion that we cannot afford to fund.

With regards to remarks in Dunderdale’s speech — she says the lieutenant-governor needs this mansion to connect with the people of Newfoundland. You must be kidding!

The ordinary citizens of Newfoundland have never even seen the lieutenant-governor and don’t even know his name.

So why don’t we all go to the mansion, connect with him and live it up?

Ever wonder why not many members of the House of Assembly are not speaking up on this issue at this time of cutbacks?

My guess is they all love to party and gala at the mansion, especially when it’s all free and paid for by the hardworking people of Newfoundland.

Bottom line: all this pomp and ceremony, $100,000-a-year salary, $2-million-a-year mansion does nothing to enhance or help the people of Newfoundland in their daily struggle.

By way of example: there is a single parent right now who worked as a homecare worker all her life, raised four children with no help from anyone, was paid minimum-wage salary while the rest of the homecare workers all across Canada were paid $22 per hour, and plus the Newfoundland members of the House of Assembly gave themselves a raise regularly and ranked in the category as the highest paid members in Canada.

Yvonne Compton writes from St. John’s.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Confederation Building, Ottawa.But Canada

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