Time to leave political trough

The whole scandalous Mike Duffy-senator trial is about misuse of public money for partisan purposes, says letter writer.

To the Editor,

Despite what some politicians hope and political pundits may think, Canadians get it: the whole scandalous Mike Duffy-senator trial is about misuse of public money for partisan purposes.

And what an education we’re all getting in the process, aren’t we?

When Senators barely wait for the ink on their appointment to dry before bellying up to the taxpayers’ trough, and when it’s revealed just what taxpayers are paying for, Canadian get it.

Canadians get it when Senators are claiming for expensive orange juice and whining about “cold Camembert” while the federal government cuts health-care transfer payments to Provinces, resulting in increased waiting-lists for medical care, more-often-than-should-be resulting in family members’ premature deaths.

At the same time, Canadians get it when income taxes for the country’s most wealthy are cut,which then enables these political supporters to bypass the Canadian system and (instead of supporting the Canadian system with their taxes) pay for the latest in the business of health-care: “medical tourism” elsewhere.

And the rest of us “eat cake”—or (scuttlebutt has it…) the MRE-equivalents, shipped from Toronto to Victoria hospitals to be reconstituted for patient-consumption.

Even cold Camembert and broken crackers sound more healthy and appetizing.

Liz Stonard,

Port Alberni

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