NB MLA and senior's advocate wonder if Minister's trip to Ireland was tax dollars well spent

An MLA and an advocate for seniors wonder if taxpayers were well-served by Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris’ recent educational trip to Ireland.

Back in October, Harris and an aide travelled to Ireland to learn more about some innovative senior’s programs they have, to possibly replicate it here.

The trip cost taxpayers just over $5,200.00 dollars.

Fredericton-South MLA and  Green Party Leader David Coon says he’s not against government officials spending money on educational trips, though he wonders why she didn't travel to countries regarded as global leaders in senior's care, such as Sweden, Norway and Denmark. 

Cecile Cassista, executive director of the Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents’ Rights, feels like a lot of this research could have been done online or by phone and called the trip a waste of taxpayers’ money.

But Mike Keating, the recently retired executive director of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes, says the trip was productive and will benefit seniors in this province.