By Letter to the Editor on November 27, 2019.
As a teacher in the Klein era when he gave huge advantages to Big Oil, we as a group were coerced into a five per cent salary cut. Sadly, at the same time he was giving away our resources to foreign companies at bargain-store prices.
The problem is that for many of us it was not a short-term sacrifice. We were assured that it was short-term pain for long-term gain and we would be compensated for our co-operation in this temporary cut. I and many of my friends retired under this “helpful” sacrifice period and as a result our pensions (based on the last three years of salary) have been reduced by five per cent forever. I cannot help but think what that money might have done to support me in old age.
Those of you who are listening to our current premier, take care. He and the Legislature voted themselves a five per cent cut. FYI, they are still the highest-paid provincial representatives in Canada.
I am certain this will not end in a positive way.