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  • Cashin Delaney
    October 01, 2013 - 18:14

    It is a shame, and a grave sin that the unfriendly media and the negative public still, after all these years since Ed Byrne, et alii, stereotype politicians as a bunch of useless freeloaders. Many ex-politicos go on to very useful roles in society after retirement, such as performing in the "Captain Feathersword" role for students on ice, or the defacto PR man disguised as a arms length columnist. Norway. Norway is an example of what Newfoundland can never achieve within Canada: transparent public debate, strong independant regulatory bodies, stringent environmental laws, real emergency response capacity, a more distributive state, extensive public support systems and careful fiscal protection with reinvestment for long-term sustainability. There is more at play here than blaming the youth for their apathy and use of social media. Taylor may have more than 140 characters here, published by mainstream media, but, in my contrary opinion, they are still the words of a partisan twit, "Voter apathy has more to do with the uninformed or ill-informed attitudes of the electorate than it has to do with politicians." The systematic bureacracy that our politicians hide our information behide must be an effect of voter apathy, not a cause of it, not due to 7 years of planned, deliberately induced mistrust.

  • Hans
    October 01, 2013 - 14:18

    Mr Taylor please do yourself and everyone else a favor and stop writing your drivel in this newspaper. No one believes a word you say, i highly doubt you believe anything you say yourself.

  • Doug Smith
    October 01, 2013 - 10:30

    Mr. Taylor, I find your article very disingenuous . I’ll just mention two points. First, you complain that the electoral participation rate in Canada is a paltry 60 per cent and claim you don’t know why it is so low. That is really strange since you marvelled about how many people, “… stereotypically characterize politicians as a group on the take, looking to line their own pockets…” Now if you would just cast your mind to the corruption trials in Quebec involving politicians, now focus on Ottawa and the corruption investigations going so far, even into the Prime Minister’s office. Remember the MHA spending scandal here in this province. 108 of 115 politicians investigated were involved . The second point, your pretence that the majority of politicians left with no more than they went in with is just not true. Take your example of Mr. Grimes. His salary as a MHA, cabinet minister and premier was more than he made as a school teacher. His pension is more that most workers in NL will receive. In 2005, 97% of individuals in NL earned less than MHAs. The politicians take care of themselves and to pretend they don’t means you are not willing to deal with reality. Doug Smith, Grand Falls-Windsor

  • Mikey
    October 01, 2013 - 05:47

    Nicely rounded column Trevor. But how many pensions for Grimes?

  • Ken Collis
    October 01, 2013 - 05:08

    Voter apathy has more to do with the uninformed or ill-informed attitudes of the electorate than it has to do with politicians. Here go the PC party telling us that we don't know what's happening again. Every PC article lately has been telling us how stunned we are. The fact that they won't listen to any arguement that goes against what they want means absolutely nothing. I say once more in this comments section, LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE FOR GOD'S SAKE. It has to be give and take. And get rid of bill 29 and keep us informed. I would much rather know how my money is being spent than know about mouse droppings found in the local diner.