Last week, the New Democrats abrogated their responsibility as British Columbia's opposition by repeatedly refusing to comment on flaws in the MLA pay-and-pension panel process. But it seems panel chair Sue Paish doesn't feel any reluctance whatsoever when it comes commenting on the New Democrat's response to the commission's recommendations. In an interview with The Globe and Mail's Ian Bailey, Ms. Paish "'decried the political 'gamesmanship' that has prompted New Democrats to protest against the plan by donating their raises to charity." Continued the chair, "From the perspective of saving the taxpayers dollars, if that's a concern, the members should be contributing to charity the value of their pensions" - rather than participating in the retirement package.
May 19, 2007