Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Getting Our Money's Worth from MLAs

Definitely short and sweet. To date in 2007, the Nova Scotia legislature has sat for less than five weeks.

The Chronicle Herald remarks that while sitting days have fallen, MLA salaries have gone up. I'm fine with that. They'd be worth $200,000 each if it means getting sitting days down to a week.

It's silly to believe that debate in the legislature means anything. Everything is decided beforehand. It's better we influence them when they're back in their constituencies, ready to discuss, away from the temptation of sound bites to the Province House media.

The less politicians sit, the less they'll feel the urge to create new spending programs and new regulations. That's how to get our money's worth from our legislature.