To the editor,
As a chartered accountant I see red when I read of the Dexter government’s disregard for taxpayer’s money. Red ink as a matter of fact.
In January this year CTV reported that the four Tim Hortons outlets in the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre reported a 1.4 million dollar shortfall.
How is this the government’s problem, one may ask? Well not only is it the government’s problem but our problem too since the shortfall is coming out of the health care budget. As the article states “taxpayers are making up the losses.”
The Queen Elizabeth II Health Centre understood the true cost of this failed endeavour. The 1.4 million loss is enough to keep the entire Health Sciences Centre operating for 18 hours, or pay the water bill for nine months. The Health Centre needed government approval to get out of this failing retail business. Premier Dexter’s response was, it can’t happen because the health authority has the responsibility to provide cafeteria food services for the staff, clients and visitors at the Health Centre.
Propping up an unprofitable business with monies needed to fund necessary surgeries or radiation treatments is not good fiscal management! Really Mr. Dexter, it is time to stop making bad decisions that lead to wasteful spending.
Hardworking Nova Scotians cannot afford this NDP government. What Nova Scotians can afford is good economic common sense. A PC government will provide sound stewardship of taxpayers' money, treating it like it is our own. We need fiscal responsibility and sound leadership!
PC leader Jamie Bailie and I have been trained and work as charted accountants and we know the value of money and how hard Nova Scotians work to make a living. We are prepared to offer Nova Scotians a strong financial team. Nova Scotia’s problems can’t be fixed overnight but I promise the residents of Pictou East I won’t stand quietly by and watch wasteful government spending!
PC candidate, Pictou East