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  • ed power
    February 20, 2011 - 22:29

    Michael, I understand your frustration. I was stationed in CFB Summerside (PEI) when the Mulroney government designated the Base for closure. The fact that the announcement came the day after the Base Commander had addressed the local Chamber of Commerce and declared that "CFB Summerside is a going concern and we are here to stay" was both amusing and embarrassing. In the political fallout and discussions over the following months the head of the PEI Real Estate Association (who happened to be the brother of my Warrant Officer) was quoted in the press as demanding that the military demolish all the Married Quarters (MQ's), some 200 units, on the base so that the real estate values on the Island wouldn't be affected. Thankfully, they weren't, but the image of those 200+ plus being destroyed when there were hundreds of people in need of housing still haunts me. I have many friends who were stationed in Goose Bay and I was suprised, when I visited there for the first time,at how many buildings and housing units had been destroyed by the Federal Government. This occured at the same time as the Provincial Government was fighting to save the Base. It is very hard to attract business or industry when you cannot accomodate a workforce so I can only conclude that the Federal Government wanted out of Labrador. Don't get me started on the military (strategic) advantages of having a fighter/interceptor base hundreds of miles closer to the edge of the intercept area than Bagotville, Quebec.

  • Ursula Dowler
    February 19, 2011 - 09:34

    Excellent article Michael . Hasn't history proven over and over again that governments have no real need of the poor and downtrodden other than as a means to bolster the rich and privileged .