It’s been quite some time since I have written a letter to the editor. Having read a recent newspaper article about local Conservative MP spending, I felt the need to reach out and make my feelings about this issue known.
The Harper government has always suggested that they are the fiscally responsible ones when it comes to the spending of Canadian tax-payers dollars. However, nothing could be so far from the truth today. How could a government that promotes this message also be the current governing body that is wasting the hard earned money it gets from its citizens? There are several examples out there today which give examples of this waste: G8 overspending, military helicopter cost overruns, the estimated $300 million closure and relocation of Camp Mirage, the added costs relating to changing the census, untendered (yes untendered) fighter jets, building of bigger jails (even though crime is down), Parliament Hill renovation cost overruns, the waste uncovered in the ‘economic action plan’ and now to top it off, wasteful MP spending at the local constituency level. So much spending in fact, I could take most of the space in this editorial section writing about it. However, I would like to focus my letter on Gary Goodyear’s spending, in particular his advertising spending.
Last year, as Canadians prioritized their finances, Gary Goodyear spent a whopping total of $142,281 on advertising alone. Of that total amount, over $92,000 was spent on flyers which get circulated across various parts of the city. I’m sure most of you have seen them. In fact, I’m willing to suggest that many of you receive these ‘flyers’ on a regular basis. These flyers are usually flogging the Conservatives message of how well they are doing. In some cases, they smear the opposition in an ultra-partisan manner. On one occasion, Goodyear even mailed out a vicious flyer to clearly undermine the leader of the Liberal Party, Michael Ignatieff. Goodyear used taxpayers’ money to do this, not donations, but taxpayer money! The bombardments of these flyers are in my personal opinion an abuse of power and an absolute waste of taxpayers’ money. Regardless of whether or not you are a supporter of the Conservative Party, you are paying for this. It leads me to question the integrity of Mr. Goodyear when it comes to being the ‘fiscal conservative’ that he claims to be.
How many Cambridge business owners have an advertising budget of $142,000 dollars a year? How many businesses in this community have a $92,000 budget to mail flyers to local homes in an effort to promote their business? How many people can use an abundance of taxpayers’ money to promote their biased agenda to members of their community? In most cases, I would safely assume the answers to these questions would be ‘not many’. How then, can Gary Goodyear look at his advertising expenditures over the last year and tell the people of Cambridge and North Dumfries that he is justified in doing so? How can Gary Goodyear talk about accountability, when his government’s current policies and frivolous spending habits contradict this statement?
In the recent article I read, Gary Goodyear is quoted as saying his “government is always concerned about how hard-earned tax-dollars are being spent”. If that is the case, then why Mr. Goodyear, have you wasted so much money on ‘marketing’ yourself and the Conservative party for nothing short of your own personal political gain? If this current Member of Parliament is so ‘concerned’, then why it is that everywhere I turn, his Conservative government is wasting more of Canadians hard-earned dollars. I for one can only hope Mr. Goodyear realizes that all of this spending is indeed irresponsible, but fear my message will likely end up where all of his flyers are…in the blue bin.