Would These Politicians Please Stop Behaving Like They Are Gifting Us Money Out of Their Own Pockets!
It’s Our Money and It Should Be There For Us in Times of Trouble. Forget About the Self-Promoting Quotes and Photo Opportunities. Show Some Humility
A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted August 12th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
On this August 12th, this online news outlet has received, as I would imagine most other media outlets have across Niagara and this province, another in a number of media releases from provincial and federal government representatives – this one informing us that our municipalities will be receiving at least some of the emergency funding they so desperately to get us through this ongoing global pandemic.
It is certainly good that our regional and local municipalities are receiving this federal/provincial assistance – Niagara’s regional government is reportedly receiving close to $12.2 million and Niagara’s 12 local municipalities are each receiving amounts in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and up to more than $7 million for the City of St. Catharines – at a time when they have been struggling to keep services operating during a time that, for most of the past three or months, so much of the normally working economy has been shut down.
Yet what is becoming increasingly anger-provoking here is all of these news releases from provincial and federal politicians – packed with quotes from them and opportunities for members of the media to attend the announcements for photo opportunities – coming off as if they are so generously responsible for spoon-feeding us this money.
It’s as if they and their government leaders are helping us with money coming out of their own pockets, and that this latest offer of assistance is some magnanimous gesture on their part.
The fact of the matter is that this is OUR MONEY and we should all be seeing it help keep our local services operating at a time like this.
This is the worst global pandemic in a century, for God sake, and in our region of the world, it is a national and provincial health and economic emergency.
It should not be a time for self-congratulatory comments for government representatives, and for MPs and MPPs who seem starved for a photo opportunity and a chance to get their names in the local newspapers.
Too bad if a commentary like this offends some of our MPs and MPPs on the government side.
I think it is time for them to show a little more humility and be a little more realistic about the fact that this assistance money came out of our pockets – not theirs – and that bad time like this is what that money is there for.
Let’s cut our municipal leaders some slack for expressing some gratitude, but we sure could do without the photo opportunities and ‘look-what-we-are-doing-for-you’ quotes from the MPs and MPPs with our money.
If there are any further details on the latest amounts of assistance Niagara municipalities are receiving from the provincial and federal governments, and what it can be used for, Niagara At Large will be sure to pose that information.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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