Baillie: No more looking the other way
STEWIACKE, NS – Today, Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie reiterated his pledge to scrap the gold plated MLA pension plan.
He made the announcement at the Stewiacke home of Jim Meadows. Mr. Meadows is a retired gas station manager who does not have a pension.
For every dollar an MLA puts towards his or her pension, taxpayers contribute six dollars.
“It’s outrageous,” said Baillie. “Especially at a time when so many hardworking Nova Scotians are struggling to make ends meet and when 77 per cent of employed Nova Scotians have no employer pension at all.”
Baillie says the days of MLAs setting their own pay and benefits will be over when he is elected Premier.
“Only a Progressive Conservative government will scrap the gold plated MLA pension and establish a panel of citizens to set the pay and benefits for their elected representatives,” Baillie said. “After all, Nova Scotians are our bosses.”
Mr. Meadows thinks the MLA pension plan is unfair to Nova Scotians like him.
“I don’t think it’s fair that our MLAs get such large pensions, paid for on the backs of hardworking people like me,” he said.
Baillie said this is not the first time he has raised the issue of slashing the unfair MLA pension.
When asked if he “deserves” this special pension, Darrell Dexter said: “Of course. I mean I work hard, and I think people understand that, and I think most people who work for pensions believe they deserve them.” (The Chronicle Herald, November 3, 2011)
Stephen McNeil rejected the idea of fixing the broken MLA pension scheme. He said he is “prepared to accept it.” (The Chronicle Herald, November 3, 2011)
“When it comes to MLA pensions, Nova Scotians will get real change with a PC government and more of the same with the Liberals and NDP,” Baillie concluded.