I take exception to the comments made by Kevin Lacey, the Atlantic Canada director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, in the Sept. 15 Telegram, on the annual investment of $6,000 on bulbs for Government House grounds.
The federation has lost all my respect if it takes such a trivial matter so seriously. Surely to heavens there are numerous issues of real importance to the Canadian taxpayer that they should be addressing.
Anyone who has taken the time to visit the grounds of Government House will come away feeling a sense of pride at the exceptional beauty and quality of the landscaping.
He obviously has no appreciation for gardening and probably feels the Newfoundland and Labrador taxpayer would be better served if we allowed Government House gardens to go back to a field of weeds and dandelions.
It should be also noted, according to Peter Noel, private secretary to Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie, that the bulbs are also planted at other sites maintained by the ground crew, such as the Colonial Building, Unified Family Court and the War Memorial. (I don’t think our war veterans would be amused by his comment.)
I feel it is incumbent on Mr. Lacey to issue a public apology to the province for his meanspirited remarks.
Also, I would assume that there are one or more members of the federation from this province. If so, I would strongly suggest they publicly disassociate themselves from his remarks.