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Liberals miss meaning of strong fiscal management


Dear Editor: Let’s play an abbreviated version of the TV game show Jeopardy! Alex, I’ll take “Who said that” for $1,000 please. Alex replies: The answer is “under my leadership and together with our strong team, we will focus on balancing social responsibility and strong fiscal management.”

Ready to buzz in? Do you know who said that? If you answered “Who is Dwight Ball” (while campaigning to be premier) you would now have enough money to buy some child a Hatchimal for Christmas.

I wonder if those on hashtag “TeamDwight” really understood that message from their boss. Or, as is more likely the case, they chose to ignore those words. For if strong fiscal management was still top of mind amongst Liberal MHAs on the House of Assembly management commission, they would not be willing to saddle taxpayers with nearly $3.6 million in potential future pension liabilities for 19 of their Liberal colleagues and one lone PC.

As recently as this past October, Finance Minister Cathy Bennett informed the people of this province that as of March 2016 our net debt was $12.7 billion. She is also forecasting a deficit of $1.8 billion — the largest in the history of this province.

We also continue to borrow at stratospheric levels in the billions. So if “strong fiscal management” are words in the gospel of Dwight Ball (and those on #TeamDwight are also paying attention to the financial concerns outlined by Cathy Bennett) one would think that Liberal MHAs have not only gotten the memo, but also are practicing it by managing the current financial affairs of this province in such a manner to show that we can’t afford to add 20 individuals to the gold-plated MHA pension plan. The recipe for that plan includes 83 per cent of the funds withdrawn to be the responsibility of the taxpayer.

This Christmas many families will enjoy watching “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” We learned from this story that the Grinch had an awakening of sorts, a rebirth. And with that, even the Whos down in Whoville opened their hearts to Mr. Grinch.

Would the NL electorate be as forgiving? They are just as likely to hand a politician their ass with the left hand while holding open the door to the Confederation Building with the right. If I was a member of #TeamDwight, I’d be dialling into that right about now and seeking both an awakening and a rebirth on what Ball’s words meant when he campaigned on strong fiscal management.

Alex, give me “Who took the NL electorate for granted” for $2,000 please. Oh look, the Daily Double! I think I’ll bet the farm!

Bern Kenny

Corner Brook

Ready to buzz in? Do you know who said that? If you answered “Who is Dwight Ball” (while campaigning to be premier) you would now have enough money to buy some child a Hatchimal for Christmas.

I wonder if those on hashtag “TeamDwight” really understood that message from their boss. Or, as is more likely the case, they chose to ignore those words. For if strong fiscal management was still top of mind amongst Liberal MHAs on the House of Assembly management commission, they would not be willing to saddle taxpayers with nearly $3.6 million in potential future pension liabilities for 19 of their Liberal colleagues and one lone PC.

As recently as this past October, Finance Minister Cathy Bennett informed the people of this province that as of March 2016 our net debt was $12.7 billion. She is also forecasting a deficit of $1.8 billion — the largest in the history of this province.

We also continue to borrow at stratospheric levels in the billions. So if “strong fiscal management” are words in the gospel of Dwight Ball (and those on #TeamDwight are also paying attention to the financial concerns outlined by Cathy Bennett) one would think that Liberal MHAs have not only gotten the memo, but also are practicing it by managing the current financial affairs of this province in such a manner to show that we can’t afford to add 20 individuals to the gold-plated MHA pension plan. The recipe for that plan includes 83 per cent of the funds withdrawn to be the responsibility of the taxpayer.

This Christmas many families will enjoy watching “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” We learned from this story that the Grinch had an awakening of sorts, a rebirth. And with that, even the Whos down in Whoville opened their hearts to Mr. Grinch.

Would the NL electorate be as forgiving? They are just as likely to hand a politician their ass with the left hand while holding open the door to the Confederation Building with the right. If I was a member of #TeamDwight, I’d be dialling into that right about now and seeking both an awakening and a rebirth on what Ball’s words meant when he campaigned on strong fiscal management.

Alex, give me “Who took the NL electorate for granted” for $2,000 please. Oh look, the Daily Double! I think I’ll bet the farm!

Bern Kenny

Corner Brook

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