Once again Newfoundland gets a kick in the gut from Upper Canadians — namely the editors of the prestigious Huffington Post.
In the Aug. 9 web edition, the Huffington Post Business Canada their main web story is about the phenomenal growth of Newfoundland, in particular the capital city St. John’s.
It was an upbeat story in regards to the 2013 prediction that St. John’s will lead all other Canadian cities with a five per cent economic growth due to what they call black-gold (oil revenues).
Then came what I would call their insult or outrageous statement, and I quote: “The capital of the province, often thought of as an economic basket case, will soar to five per cent growth this year.”
Basket case? Well, the meaning of basket case is, “An infirm or failing person or thing — unable to function properly, often referred to soldiers who had lost arms and legs and had to be carried by others.”
This is typical of the Upper Canadian attitude about this province. It has gone on for so long, and one would think that by now the Huffington Post Business Canada publication would realize that a statement like that is grossly unfair.
Surely other terminology much more complimentary could have been used.
St. John’s is the oldest city in North America and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
It’s hardly a city that deserves the label “basket case,” in my view, no matter what our past economic struggles revealed, and in my view that kind of comment from a national corporation is an affront to our entire province.
When will it ever end?
Don’t hold your breath!