- Jon Smith
- March 27, 2013 - 10:02
What Newfoundland and Labrador needs is a smart government, a government that will engage Quebec in negotiation not go around them, that will engage the federal government not ABC them and cower down from them, spending $ 5 billion to go around Quebec with a power line is not smart, making the people the captive payers of higher power rates is not smart, giving power to a province for free for 35 years is not smart. Look at the recent budget of New Brunswick whose deficit is less and the debt is lower per capita yet they do not have any oil revenues. Have not can be no more only is the government gets smart - spending in excess of $20 million for a lift feature on a bridge at Placentia is not smart. We have two choices: get smart and get well off or do stupid things and stay dirt poor-we'll have to wait and see.
- March 27, 2013 - 08:39
I remember seeing in the news when Danny came home with the cheque - "we got it". And every lobby and special interest group came with their hands out wanting a piece of it. Every corner of the province demanded it's share of the oil wealth and the government was more than happy to spend like there was no tomorrow. For politicians there are no tomorrows. They know their time is short. They run up large debts because they know when it comes time to pay up that it will be someone's else problem. We are active participants in digging this province into a hole. Nothing has changed but the size of the purse. We do get the government we deserve.
- Cyril Rogers
- March 27, 2013 - 08:07
Calvin, you are correct in that politicians are largely the same but this worn-out administration is still harping back to the former Liberal governments that had no oil revenues when it suits them. They can't ignore the reality that all of the big money from oil came after 2004 and they are the ones who had FULL control. Explain that away, please! They spent like drunken sailors, with no thought for the future, and did not have the intestinal fortitude to tell people that money needed to be put aside for the future, all because DW and his minions wanted to keep the love fest going!
- March 27, 2013 - 07:41
So, if the government spends money they are wasting our wealth. If they don't spend money then citizens figure they are not providing essential services. If they do it half way then the opposition figures they don't know what they are doing. As is always the case in politics, you can't please everyone. The part of it all that cracks me up is that people figure it would be different under the Liberals or NDP. You can paint a politician any color you like, but they are all one and the same in the end.
- W Bagg
- March 27, 2013 - 10:18
so there is no difference between Williams government and Dunderdale's? IS that what you say Calvin?