Gov't advertising infuriating waste

Kamloops Daily News
January 29, 2013 01:00 AM

I really don't understand how the federal government can spend millions of dollars to boast about their economic action plan and then close down the Kitsilano Search and Rescue station in Vancouver to save a mere $800,000?

Are TV commercials more important than saving mariners' lives?

Not to be outdone, Christy Clark is also running prime time ads bragging about B.C.'s job plan and how lucky we are to live here, blah, blah, blah.

The federal and provincial governments are something like $24 billion and $1.4 billion in the red for the fiscal year, respectively. These ads are paid for with borrowed money, so add the interest cost to that as well.

I earn my paycheque working outdoors in the winter at 3 a.m. at -20 C. When I see the government blowing my hard-earned money on frivolous, meaningless and patronizing ads I just see red.

To me it is disrespectful, wasteful and insulting to the trust I place when I surrender 40 per cent of my paycheque to income tax, not to mention CPP and EI, and then, 12 per cent HST on what I do clear.

If I want to get in debt I can easily do that myself and have fun doing it rather than paying to watch Christy's face on TV. I won't apologize if this letter appears personal because it is.

PIERRE TROTTIER

Kamloops


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