Percy Barrett, MHA for the District of Bellevue, says
government should be held accountable for their decisions, re-evaluate itís
spending priorities, stop wastage and provide essential services to the
"I have serious concerns with government
wasting $450,000 in termination costs to unnecessarily fire two senior
public servants when people are having essential services cut," said
Barrett. "The Premier says he will lead by example and cut costs. Well this
decision shows that the Premier is willing to waste money if it suits his
As an example, Barrett says residents on Old Mill Road
in Goobies, Beachy Cove Road in Tors Cove and users of the Trans Labrador
Highway in Southern Labrador would not have faced cuts to snow-clearing
services this year if government was more responsible with itís spending.
"The Premier had a fight with the former Minister of Health and ended up
firing a Deputy Minister at an enormous cost to taxpayers. This was an
unnecessary wastage of almost $250,000 that could have plowed these roads
for several years.
"The last budget announced massive fee increases and
service reductions throughout government. I have already heard of several
services that will be cut in the upcoming announcement of program renewal.
The public should not be expected to swallow these hardships when the
government refuses to be responsible and accountable."
A recent Freedom of Information request filed by the
Opposition revealed government has spent approximately $8 million in
severance due to terminations. This total does not include other pending
terminations and court cases resulting from program renewal and health care