Liberal MLAs use public dollars to support Chronicle Herald management
January 20, 2017
For immediate release.
HALIFAX & NEW WATERFORD – Nineteen Liberal MLAs expensed a combined total of $18,515.48 in subscriptions, advertising, and merchandise from the Chronicle Herald’s various business ventures in 2016. These expenses are in violation of the widespread boycott of the Chronicle Herald initiated by the Halifax Typographical Union, which represents striking journalists, editors, and photographers at the Herald. As of Monday, January 23, workers will have been on strike for a full year.
“Labour Minister Kelly Regan has claimed that the government is not taking sides in the dispute. Well, when a majority of Liberal caucus members, including the Labour Minister, continue to do business with the Herald during a strike, what else are you going to call it but taking sides?” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “The NDP has been proud to stand in support of striking journalists at the Herald since the labour dispute began. We have been calling for an end to government advertising in the Herald throughout the strike.”
Of note among the Liberal MLAs is David Wilton, MLA for Cape Breton Centre, who accounts for 47 per cent of the expenses, or $8,702.01. In September, the Herald was forced to close its Cape Breton weekly due to a “headwind of union sympathy in Industrial Cape Breton,” according to the company.
“The people of Cape Breton Centre are strong supporters of workers’ rights and trade unions. For the MLA representing the town where William Davis is buried to give almost $9,000 in taxpayers’ money to the Herald while the workers are on strike is deeply disappointing,” said Tammy Martin, NDP Candidate for Cape Breton Centre. “Cape Bretoners know how important it is to stand together to save good jobs in our communities. It’s too bad our MLA doesn’t understand solidarity.”
The major issues at the bargaining table include layoffs, double-digit wage rollbacks and the repeal of pay equity rules for women.
The NDP continues to support striking journalists by refusing to do interviews or submit content to the Herald.
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Full list of Liberal MLAs spending at the Herald:
David Wilton (Cape Breton Centre): $8702.01
Notes: Regular advertiser, subscriber, newsletter printing and magnet manufacturing; expenses in March 2016 not listed below because advertisements were placed in print before strike.
Joanne Bernard (Dartmouth North): $156.00
Notes: Cabinet member, two 26-week subscriptions expensed in May and November
Karen Casey (Colchester North): $470.12
Notes: Cabinet member, two one-year subscriptions expensed in November
Keith Colwell (Preston – Dartmouth): $270
Notes: One advertisement in February
Randy Delorey (Antigonish): $1143
Notes: Regular monthly subscriber, and four advertisement packages in February, April and May.
Pamela Eyking (Victoria – The Lakes): $3220
Notes: Over thirty (30) advertising packages throughout 2016 and a one-year subscription expensed in May.
Terry Farrell (Cumberland North): $256.88
Notes: Two 26-week subscriptions expensed in February and September
Stephen Gough (Sackville – Beaver Bank): $228
Notes: One-time advertisement expensed in June
Bill Horne (Waverly – Fall River – Beaver Bank): $256.88
Notes: One-year subscription expensed in April
Ben Jessome (Hammonds Plains – Lucasville): $108.18
Notes: Regular monthly subscriber
Labi Kousoulis (Halifax Citadel – Sable Island): $128.44
Notes: 26-week subscription expensed in May
Suzanne Lohnes-Croft (Lunenburg): $156
Notes: One-year subscription purchased in January 2016
Geoff MacLellan (Glace Bay): $199
Notes: One-time advertisement expensed in August
Kevin Murphy (Eastern Shore): $266.86
Notes: Regular monthly subscriber
Ian Rankin (Timberlea – Prospect): $228.28
Notes: One-year subscription expensed in February
Kelly Regan (Bedford): $1657
Notes: Newsletter printing expensed in March
Michel Samson (Cape Breton – Richmond) : $432.60
Notes: One-year subscription purchased in June, March advertisement
Joachim Stroink (Halifax Chebucto): $507.74
Notes: Regular monthly subscriber, advertisement expensed in May
Gordon Wilson (Clare – Digby): $128.49
Notes: 26-week subscription expensed in June