Letters to the Editor

Taxpayers get the business


Re: Display of compassion, Jan. 16 letters.

Your letters page included a heartwarming story concerning a police officer escorting an elderly citizen across the street and the positive reaction of a young boy who exclaimed “Aw, he’s a good man”.

Unfortunately, the warm fuzzy feeling didn’t last, as right next to it was the open letter to Russ Hiebert. In it, the writer asked the South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale MP to explain why the taxpayers are paying out $8,000 per month for a rental apartment and $230,000 annual salary to William Elliot, former RCMP commissioner. As well, it asked to please explain why the new Internet reality show, 24 Seven, featuring our prime minister, is being financed by taxpayers?

More Conservative hype.

We then learned we are paying for six high-ranking caucus members – as well as 30 members of the business community – as they accompany the PM to Israel and beyond. As well, no opposition members have been invited.

No costs for this egregious extravaganza, to the taxpayer, have been calculated as yet.

Do we not idly wonder sometimes why the prime minister’s wife accompanies him when these trips are classed as ‘business’? Surely more for the citizen taxpayer to bear.

Fran Manary, Surrey

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