Russell Wangersky: Taxpayers, beware
It’s an interesting peek inside the wonders of the bureaucratic mind. In New Brunswick, a provincial agency didn’t have time to properly assess more than 2,000 homes for property taxes.
Coley's Point Primary School.
©Compass file photo
This is a response to the of letter to the editor of April 04, 2017 by Glen Littlejohn, the former MHA for the District of Port De Grave, and current employee of the PC Opposition office.
Mr. Littlejohn falsely states in the first paragraph that MHA Pam Parsons wants to make people believe that she is trying to take all the credit for fighting for a new school to replace Coley’s Point Primary. I don’t know how a person can listen to, or read any of MHA Pam Parsons comments on this subject and draw this conclusion, unless they are using selective listening or reading.
Parsons has consistently acknowledged that the Coley’s Point Primary School replacement has long been a goal of many concerned people like former students, teachers, school councils, municipal leaders, and politicians.
Although there have been constant lobbying over the years, there has been no real physical work done on the replacement of this school, no workable design drawings, that could be used to advance it to the public tendering process to get construction started.
Even though, the previous government proceeded with the expropriation of the land, they waited until late in their mandate and desperately tried to fool the people of the area by erecting a sign showing an artist depiction of what the proposed school may look like. This, I believe was to make it seem like more work had been done on the school than what was obvious.
Mr. Littlejohn seems to get angry for not getting credit for the advancement of this project that was announced in the recent budget, where concrete monies and time lines were outlined for its replacement. This is how a major project is supposed to be done.
If Mr. Littlejohn is looking for credit for his time in government, I will give him some, he can take credit for being part of a government that gave us such things as the Humber Valley Paving fiasco, the over budget ferry replacement with all the issues with that design and extra wharf modification costs, the Dark NL crisis, the approval of the greatest financial drain on the province in history, the Muskrat Falls Project and its subsequent giveaway of the electricity to Nova Scotia, and tens-of-millions of dollars spent on a new Corner Brook hospital with nothing to show but a parking lot. He can also take credit for being a part of a government that despite being left with the greatest amount of excess monies in the province’s history, left us and our children facing near bankruptcy.
Yes, Mr. Littlejohn, I will credit you with something about the replacement of Coley’s Point Primary, I will give you credit for that lovely sign that you had erected during your campaign. It was a welcome site to see after serving a term in office and being part of the squandering of tens-of-billions of oil dollars. Unfortunately, that sign cannot house a single classroom for the overcrowded students of Coley’s Point Primary.
Mr. Littlejohn should relax and take a breath and work with all the stakeholders currently involved to make sure that this project becomes a reality as soon as possible. MHA Pam Parsons has no problem with sharing the credit with whomever helps advance this project, but at least be honest about it.
The next election will take place in 2019, and although it may be perceived that he is running his campaign at the tax payers expense from the PC Opposition office, his record and that of the PC government, which he was part of, will be made fresh to everybody’s mind at that time.
— George Warford writes from Bay Roberts