Darrell Dexter can’t buy my vote, says senior
Rebate cheque for seniors signed by premier
A Glace Bay woman is upset she found a note signed by Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter in a rebate cheque from the province.
Sis Murrin is one of 17,000 people this month who qualified for a rebate aimed at helping low-income seniors.
"When I first opened it and was shocked. I didn't know why they would send me $50," she said.
Then she said she was bothered by the note attached to the cheque explaining the program, signed by the premier.
"Figures everybody that he sent the money to will vote that way and he'll get back in. If I had any intention of voting that way I wouldn't be voting now," Murrin said.
"I'll keep the $50, but he's not getting my vote."
Liberal MLA Andrew Younger said electioneering at taxpayers’ expense isn't new.
In 2003, with an election looming, the Progressive-Conservative government of the day printed rebate cheques and delivered them to every Nova Scotian in the province.
Dexter denounced that move.
"The government should not be taking credit for spending taxpayer's dollars in this manner. In such a crass manner," said Younger.
"They should simply provide seniors the support and rebate that they need and they deserve without trying to make this about Darrell Dexter."
Graham Steele, the cabinet minister who brought in the rebate program, defends the move.
"We've been doing this for about three years and the numbers are about the same every year. The government's not giving them a gift. The government is giving their money back to them and the response, apart I think this one person, has been overwhelmingly positive which is why we're going to continue to do it at least as long as there's an NDP government," he said.
Steele said Darrell Dexter has every right to put his name to a provincial program as head of the government.
"The premier's signature is on a lot of things."