Working hard and still living in poverty
To the editor:
I watch all the TV coverage on the First Nations and their battle with the federal government. And I can’t help myself thinking of who will help with the plight of the non-native people of this country, the people like myself?
I have worked hard all my life in the hospitality industry, which is not noted for high paying jobs. I cannot afford to buy a house at today’s prices, same as the majority of people working in part-time or full-time service jobs.
I pay dearly for taxes and, believe me, it takes a large chunk of my income which is below the poverty line.
As for housing, I can hardly afford the high rents that are everywhere in this province. I cannot afford a dentist unless it is an emergency and can only hope that one day I can afford to have the work I need done.
Health care payments are another strain on my limited income.
So I watch the First Nations demanding actions to their plight and I can only wonder who will help the non-natives in this country struggling to find affordable housing, heat, food, health care, earning below the poverty line and have to pay taxes,
It all leaves me shaking my head.