To the editor,
Taxpayers deserve to know how politicians are spending their hard-earned tax dollars. The NDP has collected more and more money from us but what have they done with it? Did they spend it on our roads? Did they spend it on teachers and EA's? Did they spend it on front line health care? No. They have done less and less.
As taxpayers we deserve to know where our money is being spent and if that spending is sound and not just wasteful and misguided.
Remember that $27 million budget error the Dexter government didn’t think was significant? Well it was significant to the auditor general, myself and I am sure you too.
What about the last "budget"? You may remember that the NDP initially projected a 2012/2013 deficit of $200 million. That means that they estimated that $200 million more money would be spent than collected. Then, at the mid-point of their term they reported that deficit would not be $200 million but instead had soared to $356 million. $356 million more would be spent than collected. At year-end, the actual reported deficit was reported as $300 million and the NDP set about declaring victory because they had avoided the $356 million shortfall and ONLY came in at $300 million. In my mind $300 million is still a lot more than the $200 million that they had budgeted. I fail to see any budget victory in this and I am sure most taxpayers will see this for what it is.
This is bait and switch politics at its worst. Politicians have to honest about the province’s finances and other matters. It’s called taxpayer accountability.
Please keep this in mind when you hear the NDP saying that we are "back to balance". How confident do you feel that the budget is balanced when last time a $200 million budgeted deficit became a $300 million actual deficit?
It is things like this that confirm that we don't need another Halifax voice in Pictou East; we need a strong Pictou East voice in Halifax. I respectfully ask for your support on Oct 8.