Editorial: Who’s in control of our tax dollars?

Governments on all levels don't seek much public input

We have a problem with entitlement. It starts at the top federally and it continues to trickle down to the lower levels of government. It seems we, as citizens, are not privy to the decisions being made by our governments. For example, the sale of taxpayers’ properties (they call it Crown land/assets) at fire sale prices should be making ripples and waves among us, but apart from a few news stories and an opinion or two we’ve let it go. The province essentially gave away $43-million of our money to a party contributor. How many homeless people would that feed? How many affordable homes could be built? It seems our government talks about families/seniors/homeless/single parents but does nothing for them, except a small token gesture now and then.

If the province recorded a  surplus of $350-million, why was the sale of the land so necessary? Didn’t the government accountants already know what their surplus would be? They are the ones in charge of our money and they appear to be unsure of the numbers. Would you want them as your accountants? This deal, and likely others, did not favour the taxpayer.

Then there are the senators who seem to feel that they are entitled to whatever they want. They spend our hard-earned money giving themselves luxuries most of us can not afford. The arrogance stinks.

Those is positions of power seem to forget who they are representing. They get this “nanny state” attitude and act as though we are mindless children who can’t possibly have an opinion. This has to change. Everyone cries about transparency and openness and we have yet to see either.

Our local government is the only place where we can honestly have a say. We know those people on council and we can look them in the eyes and offer suggestions and we should. It’s at least a little bit of taxpayer control.

Just Posted

Sooke’s quest for a new library mired in delays and controversy

District now confident new page turned in planned construction of building

New, feature-length documentary on missing woman Emma Fillipoff comes out next year

The film follows Fillipoff’s disappearance and the ongoing investigation

Escaped Metchosin inmate sentenced to additional year tacked on to 14-year sentence

Man escaped from William Head Institution arrested days later in Esquimalt

Barbecue cooks up benefits for Movember foundation

Father’s battle with prostate cancer encourages Victoria man to support the cause

VIDEO: The sticky truth about winter moths and how Greater Victoria arborists fight them

Winter moths have ‘killed a lot of trees’ across the region, says Oak Bay arborist

12 Sooke events to get you into the holiday spirit

From a Santa parade to classicial music, Sooke has it all

UPDATED: Vancouver Island’s Joe gets suspended sentence in Teddy the dog cruelty case

Melissa Tooshley expected in court on Thursday in same case

Nineteen boats carrying invasive mussels stopped at B.C. borders

Waters of Columbia-Shuswap still test mussel-free

Woman ‘horrified’ after being told to trek 200 kilometres home from Kamloops hospital

‘I can’t get from Kamloops back to 100 Mile House injured, confused… no shoes, no clothes whatsoever’

Canadian universities encourage exchange students in Hong Kong to head home

UBC said 11 of its 32 students completing programs in Hong Kong have already left

Midget no more: Sweeping division name changes coming to minor hockey in Canada

Alpha-numeric division names will be used for the 2020-2021 season and beyond

EDITORIAL: It’s time to face the truth on drug use

The homeless don’t own the drug epidemic

Most Read