I am an owner of an independent pharmacy in rural Newfoundland.
Along with other rural pharmacy owners, we employ over 1,000 people in areas that have the highest unemployment rate in Canada.
Starting earlier this year, the Dunderdale government has enacted policies that will carve out tens of millions of dollars from our businesses.
Not only will this result in job losses in areas that can ill-afford to lose them, it has, in my case, forced me to shelve plans for an expansion of my business that would have resulted in more employment.
Yet, this government sees fit to award $3.5 million to a company that will produce a whopping 35 jobs.
To add insult to injury, these jobs will be in St. John's, which has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.
This government may talk of supporting rural Newfoundland, but their actions betray them.