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  • Joseph McGrath
    April 25, 2012 - 04:35

    I really feel sad when I attempt to see what lies in the future for NL.Nothing permanent,nothing to create new industry or to form an industrial base in the province.All the talk is debt and more government money for social programs rather than trying to get things started in the Province to meet the future needs.This province will soon be one large retirement home for the majority.Labrador should rise up to become its own Province after the shabby treatment it received in this financial plan if you can call it that.I ache for the average person who lives here.

  • Marty
    April 24, 2012 - 21:57

    I don't understand the logic of $$$ for ROD. If the show is so popular and successful, why does it need govt money? Do other shows get this type of support? Hardly seems fair that they get funding if other programs don't. Also, with the mess our roads and marine transportation system are in, this might be a more appropriate place for the funding.

  • Harvey
    April 24, 2012 - 21:19

    What brains this gov't has to be able to predict that the next surplus will be in 2015!! Simply stupendous!!! Anyway, for the next 3.5 years we will be "standing on the promises of Tom".

  • flyinbrianpowell
    April 24, 2012 - 21:06

    poverty reduction up 11.3 million, it'll be more next year. increases in fuel, electricity, and a handful of other things are going to force more people in to poverty. Blunderwhale missed the boat yet again, the works of ye should get aboard that Lyubov Orlova when ye unties er and go wherever she pitches. And you want to reduce spending......stop attending these $200 per plate dinners with wine and get together for potted meat sandwiches and purity syrup.

  • dan
    April 24, 2012 - 18:31

    I agree with the 3M for ROD, its not really a cash outlay, its more of an "in kind" type of deal, the spinoffs and tourism $$ are far more than 3M. Why would we not invest in our own people??? ROD is some of the best to ever come out of NL. What IS disgusting is BLUNDERDALE and her moron circus telling everyone that a tight budget with major cuts was coming only to turn it around on budget day! Only a moron would continue to support these idiots. Come on NDP get some real leadership and some trustworthy candidates for next time around, MAYBE you can get that chance you want!

  • Wayne Tibbo
    April 24, 2012 - 18:15

    Is R.O.D part of the uniform and public service pension. I wish it was. Can you believe, we were not even thought about or mentioned. Sound like we must be second class to TV productions. What a laugh.

  • IW
    April 24, 2012 - 17:55

    oh yeah? OH YEAH!

  • Joseph McGrath
    April 24, 2012 - 17:31

    Some thought come to mind!!!! When is it necessary to provide a positive-script to placate the masses? I wonder WHY? The masses DO NOT want to be exposed to negative Real-News/Facts. I wonder WHY? What is the Real-Money doing during these exciting times? Prosperity Galore. !!!! Now is the perfect time cycle to adjust and adapt to the policy-of-the-day...Mega Opportunities Galore...take whatever is on the table and demand more. Why not? Needless to say, the taxpayer LUVS-IT. It is ALL about MONEY. Ding Ding Ding I never saw Republic show so am not qualified to offer comment???????????? Why did the back benchers behind the Minister on the tv appear to be receiving force fed enemas???

  • Lannon
    April 24, 2012 - 17:19

    ROD--do an episode outside the overpass....great for Tourism!!!

  • Allie
    April 24, 2012 - 16:06

    What about money for fixing roads???i i live in CBN And there is not a road fit to drive on .Why dont they drive around the province and see the state of the roads. Im sure there ,s lots of better places to spend the money than on ROD.

  • R L
    April 24, 2012 - 15:04

    Although I don't watch Republic of Doyle - I can not believe all the negative comments here. The spin offs and marketing that this show generates, far out weighs the government money spent on tax breaks and incentives for ROD. Three million dollars for this type of exposure is a Bargain!

  • Thia
    April 24, 2012 - 14:55

    Republic of Doyle is a great tourism draw. We had friends visit from Vancouver because of it and I'm sure they spent $2000.00 between car rentals, hotel, meals, boat tours, etc. Tax credits are generally given to television and movie productions,NOT cash !

  • Tom
    April 24, 2012 - 14:40

    Tourism? Spinoffs? Show me ANY numbers that says ROD is bringing ANY money back to the province. I dare you. Theory and fact are not the same thing.

  • Tay Payer
    April 24, 2012 - 14:31

    3 Million for ROD??? This is gross!!!! How about you lower the tax on GAS instead of paying local movie stars!!! you guys are a joke, I wont be so quick on the ballot next time round!

  • Mindy
    April 24, 2012 - 14:20

    Please look outside the box!!! R.O.D. is not taking from the people of Newfoundland. The show has brought much revenue to our fine city and the small businesses that can benifit from this have done so. My family business is just one who has. The program has increased tourism and the interest in our fine province. Not only to mention the fanstastic talent that is showcased each week. R.O.D is a bonus to the province of Nl. What better postive return can you ask for on money spent!!!

  • Oprah Burps
    April 24, 2012 - 13:58

    How stun are some of these comments? Do you know how much revenue Republic of Doyle brings in in terms of spinoffs, tourism, etc? It's called an Investment! bravo.

  • William Daniels
    April 24, 2012 - 13:54

    "Marshall said government decided not to “slash and burn” His buddy Harper is doing enough of this in NL now.

  • Robert
    April 24, 2012 - 13:36

    3 million for R.O.D thats just sickning. wheres the budget because all I see is a waste of Tax Payers Dollars. There is nothing for seniors or low income earners and the PC government is showing there true colors and they will never get my vote EVER! Just as well if they pocket the funds themselves.

    • Bob
      April 24, 2012 - 14:10

      The $3 million for Republic of Doyle isn't necessarily money out of the Government's pocket - as was announced in previous years. It's more along the lines of tax and rent breaks. If they didn't give that incentive, then the show would probably shoot in Toronto, where they WOULD get those breaks, and the Government still wouldn't gain anything. So for the sake of literally nothing, the province get's free promotion, a huge benefit from tourism and other economic stimulus, and you people go on with life not seeing past your nose, and abusing the right to use poor grammar.

  • Derrick
    April 24, 2012 - 13:30

    "A return to surplus is anticipated by 2014-15." Good timing Mr. Marshall, just in time for the next election!!!

  • Mike
    April 24, 2012 - 13:26

    Republic of Doyle is a hit, it gets over a million viewers a week, it sells DVD's and is shown in foreign countries. So why do NL taxpayers have to keep funding this successful show? I watch the show every week, but 1.5 million bucks a year of our taxpayer dollars are being given to a successful program? Sounds like the government is trying to buy into the show's popularity or cozy support from the CBC to me.

  • Newfie Lady
    April 24, 2012 - 13:22

    Seriously? Cut about 45 temporary positions but renew Republic of Doyle for $3M? Ridiculous...

  • Concern citizen
    April 24, 2012 - 13:14

    $3 million to the Republic of BOYLE??????????? You just confirmed that you are DEFINATELY a bunch of idiots and morans THUNDERDALE. It confirms that you and your puppets have NO BRAINS but sawdust between those ears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTTTTTSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!