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GOVERNMENT SHOULD MAKE CUTS ELSEWHERE - TJ Letters JUDITH GALBRAITH

TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 08 MAY 2013

In reply to the letter that appeared in the Friday, April 26 edition from Brian Hancox (“A few things to be grateful for”), I would ask him why we should be grateful for something that we paid for in good faith. I am grateful that I was able to work and earn my pension. However, there is one fact that the public may be unaware of, and that is once we public service employees began to receive OAS, our pension was reduced accordingly. Mine was virtually reduced to almost half.

We were never informed previously of this happening and I was taken totally by surprise.

If the government wants to reduce expenses, perhaps they should begin with their own wages, instead of picking on those who can least afford it. Furthermore, Mr. Higgs keeps stressing the point that it’s the taxpayers who are funding our pension. Well, we retirees are also taxpayers and have been on average for 50 years. So, it would appear we have contributed to our pensions in several ways and continue to do so.

Don’t try to place the blame for the province’s debt on the backs of public service retirees. Rather, put it where it belongs, squarely on the shoulders of our politicians of all parties in Fredericton for the mismanagement of public funds for years. The voters put you in power and the voters can take you out.

According to statistics, the largest percentage of the province’s population are seniors, who are taxpayers and voters. I’ll be surprised if yours is not a one-term government.

JUDITH GALBRAITH Grand Bay-Westfield