- May 29, 2012 - 12:09
Phelan, your argument doesn't hold water. Not one of the federal cuts you refer to is targeted to NL - these are nation-wide cuts. And there are many cuts to other federal departments that impact other provinces far more than NL. The federal government is cutting costs everywhere, not just in our province. And I actually believe that Minister Penashue and the Conservative government are going to announce something major for CFB Goose Bay. Otherwise, why would Penashue keep the issue alive by constantly making vague promises of good things to come? It would not make sense politically for him to do that if he didn't know something good was coming.
- Cyril Rogers
- May 25, 2012 - 10:06
Mr. Phalen, do you seriously think Harper loses any sleep over events down here in this remote corner of the world? He will keep Ms Dunderdale dangling, in terms of a meeting, just as he did last year when she so pathetically waited to get to speak with him on the phone about the MSRC. We are a nuisance to Harper, but a minor one, and he will keep sending his pathetic lackey minister down here to utter his trivial nonsence. Penashue has the sensitivity of a louse and fits in quite well with Harper, so who do you approach on these issues? He and Harper will not review or ever admit to making a mistake so how can our Premier realistically expect a one-on-one to produce any results. This province needs an effective strategy, and a long-term game plan, if they hope to make any headway with Harper or, for that matter, the Ottawa mandarins who effectively keep putting the boots to us. The grave issues facing this province's rural communities will not find a champion in Kathy Dunderdale, and the fishery will never prosper as long as it is controlled by the folks residing on the Rideau Canal. We need a Crisis Coalition in this province right now but we are so divided and so intent on sniping at each other that we can never effectively take on Ottawa, unless we can overcome our own petty politics. For that, we have to take responsibility, as we have, for far too long, confined our thinking along the lines of party politics.