MLA pensions saddle us with indefinite burden

Lifetime entitlement for MLAs hypocritical given requirements of welfare system

When he retires in May, former B.C. Liberal cabinet minister Murray Coell will start collecting his MLA pension of $89,000 a year. At least eight of his Liberal colleagues will also begin collecting MLA pensions for the rest of their lives.

They include former premier Gordon Campbell, who collects $98,175 of B.C. taxpayers’ money a year, on top of whatever he gets for his job as Canada’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom in London.

Congrats, I mean, wait a minute, I thought this ‘fiberal’ hypocrite government was against lifetime entitlement. That was the basis of them changing the welfare system to requiring two years employment for three years of social services, all because there are supposed to be jobs available for our most vulnerable citizens.

And if it isn’t bad enough that they put these burdens on B.C. taxpayers indefinitely, at the same time they tore up contracts and told the BCGEU, HEU, BCTF and others to tighten their belts. The B.C. Liberals never campaigned on that and never gave us a chance to vote for that.

Andre Mollon

Langford

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