I warned people that the Dunderdale government would finance the multibillion-dollar Muskrat Falls project (with its expected cost overruns) on the backs of people with disabilities, hospital patients, the working poor, students, low and fixed income seniors, public sector workers and others. Today, the provincial Coalition of Persons with Disabilities (COD NL) is experiencing provincial funding cuts, so we must ask, who’s next?
We live in a have province with lots of have-not people. How can the Dunderdale government have a poverty reduction strategy when provincial public sector cutbacks will mean more poverty? How is the Dunderdale government going to attract immigrants and prevent people from leaving the province when cuts in education, health and social programs are planned? Whatever happened to the new Corner Brook hospital and a new Waterford Hospital? Whatever happened to more affordable, accessible housing? What’s the point of having a provincial Disability Policy Office when you cut funding to an organization like COD NL? Premier Kathy Dunderdale and her P.C. colleagues have to ask themselves where their sense of social justice and equality is.