What do you think of our first-class world traveller? Quite an amazing guy, eh? Just the wink of the eye or a flick of his fingers and Premier Ghiz changes rules and alters protocols to suit his own purpose.
In March, he awarded the Order of P.E.I. to a young athlete without consulting the awards council. With his magic touch, when the awards council complained, he merely flicked his finger and changed the rules.
Next he looked at the low salaries of his poorly-paid deputy ministers, (their salaries are among the highest on P.E.I.), not fair said Ghiz, we should be in line with and offer the same benefits as the other provinces. Once more, with the wink of an eye, he put in motion legislation to award the deputies large salary increases. Paul McNeill, editor of the Graphic newspaper, named him âRobert the Generousâ (might have been a hint of sarcasm there).
Today, Islanders looked for the magic of Ghiz again. Recently on CBC Compass a local Island lady, Anna Peters, who is suffering from that dreadful disease of cancer, canât afford the prescribed medication necessary to her health. The medications costs in the region of $10,000 per month, much more than an average Islander could afford. Strangely, this same medication is available on provincial drug programs in all others provinces, but not on P.E.I. So where, is our âMagic Ghizâ when other Islanders need the same equality as his deputy ministers? Apparently he is nowhere to be found, and he neither winks nor lifts a finger to help.
I canât agree with the name âRobert the Generous.â I think a more fitting title would be âGhiz the Grinchâ especially in the case of this poor unwell Island lady. What is it Ghiz is always claiming, âIâm here for the interests of all Prince Edward Islanders. Really, premier????????
F. Ben Rodgers
Abram Village, P.E.I