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  • David
    June 27, 2012 - 12:04

    Danny lowered the provincial income tax rates just so that this province wouldn't lose out on all the working commuters filing their taxes in Alberta instead of Newfoundand. I'll bet that comes as a copmplete revelation to all you Danny worshippers who counted that as one of his greatest "Newfie miracles". Nope....an act of pure, pragmatic greed of government.

  • Cyril Rogers
    June 27, 2012 - 11:47

    I get to talk to many Alberta commuters nowadays and many are not interested in working here at home for a variety of reasons. Many don't like the long commute but the benefits from working in Alberta's oil patch far outshine the lower wages and short-term nature of most projects that we do have ongoing. I am not sure what the answer is, but the figures are troubling and point to a steady decline in this province with resources to provide so much more. The government's myopia with its mega-projects like MF is certainly a factor in the stagnation of our economy, as they seem bereft of any progressive ideas for sustainable long-term development.

  • Pierre Neary
    June 26, 2012 - 09:00

    Very interesting column. The lure of big money and turnarounds out west is certainly what is keeping rural NL going in my opinion. Alot of NL'ers are not returning as you say. I'm still not convinced about the shortage of skilled workers in NL all the same. Here's an interesting idea. How about matching the wages in NL to the wages out west?