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  • Ottawa is the Master of stifling information
    July 30, 2011 - 16:14

    Mr. Wangersky do you not see a parallel here? The province of Newfoundland and Labrador lost every one of its natural resources in the raw state to one or the other of the Canadian provinces for their economic benefit, while the province of NL died economically on the Canadian vine, because all information pertaining to the development of its abundant natural resource base was silenced? Every one of its resources was developed without very little info released to the people of the province and sent off in the raw state to the other provinces. Our own Newfoundland and Labrador politicians, Provincial and Federal, allowed themselves to be stifled simply because the Centralist Ottawa government wished it that way. Our politicians toed the line for Ottawa because they damn well knew that they would get paid highly for doing so. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians had no idea what was coming down the pipe line with regards to their natural resources. Matter, of fact, I doubt that they even knew they had a natural resource in their presence because all they ever heard from their politicians was that their province was a poor bald rock totally dependant on Ottawa.

  • Eli
    July 30, 2011 - 13:54

    How did we get to the stage where the country/province is run by the Prime Minister's/Premier's Office rather than their respective legislatures?

    • W McLean
      July 31, 2011 - 01:03

      Through large doses of apathy, indifference, and ignorance.

    • Mark
      July 31, 2011 - 09:07

      We got to this stage by accepting that the job of our Members is to hand out money to us at the whim of the executive branch of government. That's how.

    • Mark
      July 31, 2011 - 10:31

      Maggy's right. Harper is starting to act more and more like Danny with every passing day.

  • Maggy Carter
    July 30, 2011 - 09:14

    Refusing - even requiring - a public employee permission to talk about the technical, as opposed to policy, aspects of his job springs from the same totalitarian instincts of an arrogant, undemocratic government as the refusal to allow a representative of the people - a duly elected legislator - access to a government facility. Canadians in their wisdom, or lack thereof, have elected a prime minister who neither understands nor accepts the values of the parliamentary democracy he is sworn to serve. Can the jack boots be far behind?

    • Paul
      August 02, 2011 - 07:02

      DFO has been under attack by corporatist-minded governments for a long time, this is just the latest muzzling. How many scientists were "silenced" in order for DFO to reach the conclusion that keeping Atlantic salmon in huge feedlots in the midst of Pacific salmon habitat was a good idea? In my opinion DFO has given up on trying to protect wild fish...and given the track record, who can blame them?