I have been following Bill Barry’s candidacy for the Progressive Conservative leadership and premiership and he is unsuited for the job.
In a recent Telegram article, Bill referred to Newfoundland and Labrador as NL Incorporated and taxpayers as shareholders — if he thinks complex problems facing our province can solved on a balance sheet, he is greatly mistaken.
Given his one-dimensional views of the province as an economic exercise, he hasn’t got a clue what Newfoundland and Labrador is. Our province is a complex society facing issues in health care, education, housing, job creation and other concerns. Our citizens are not shareholders, but citizens from all walks of life. We have students, seniors, newcomers, children, minimal wage earners, blue collar workers and other groups who don’t classify as shareholders.
Not everyone is sharing in the province’s wealth and he’d be the one politician to hurt more citizens. His hinting at privatizing education, health care and our energy system shows a serious incomprehension that not all issues are solved on the free market.
I urge voters to show this guy the door on election day, because if he became premier, he would govern this province as a corporate entity whose main concern is the bottom line. Newfoundland and Labrador is renowned for its generosity and as a caring society for all, and let’s keep it that way.