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What doesn’t Danny Williams understand about the predicted decline of Newfoundland and Labrador’s population?

The writing is on the demographic wall. It only takes some arithmetic to decipher that more deaths than births, and more emigrants than immigrants, equals a drastic population drop when sustained for several decades.

What plan does Williams have

to forestall the aging of his fellow boomers? Have they discovered a fountain of youth within those 2,400 acres of Crown land he acquired for a song? It would take a miracle of that proportion to reverse these inevitable population trends.

Certainly, our oil industry alone is not labour-intensive enough to counter these estimated declines. The shrinkage of rural Newfoundland, for example, shows no signs of stopping despite the supposed oil prosperity on the northeast Avalon.

It will take a major shutdown in the tar sands some day soon to illustrate just how much rural Newfoundland is in dire straits and dependent upon

a lifeline from Alberta workers. No amount of spinoff from the offshore or construction in St. John’s will correct the province-wide economic instability and unemployment responsible for so much of our outmigration.

John Dewey once said, “a problem well put is half solved.“ If we don’t acknowledge or define our population problems in order to address the root causes, we will simply fail to solve them.

With his relentless boosterism and defensive dismissal of the Conference Board of Canada report, Danny Williams is simply trying to baffle us with some bullshit of his own.

His sprawling Galway development depends on it.

Anthony Sparrow Jr.


Organizations: Conference Board of Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Avalon, Alberta

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Recent comments

  • Tony Rockel
    February 18, 2014 - 11:54

    There was another man who once thought he could turn back the tide: King Danny, meet King Canute!

  • We want better scrutiny over the politicians we elect!
    February 17, 2014 - 14:33

    I am starting to wonder if there isn't some '"conflict of interest" involved in the development of some of the natural resources that have occurred in Newfoundland and Labrador over the past few years ? I think it is time the Auditor General got involved in an investigation, no different than what is being done with the Senators scandal. By the way I want all the Senators to be audited and investigated and better accounting of all those elected to political office in our country.

  • sadly
    February 17, 2014 - 13:23

    Do you really think Danny's project will be affected by population decline? Of course not. It''s rural NL that's going to suffer the decline. There will be population loss and people fleeing rural NL for the cities.

    • david
      February 17, 2014 - 13:44

      Sure. And St. John's ---- like its sister cities London, New York, and Singapore ---- will be a shining, cosmopolitan, financial beacon to the world for centuries to come.... bwa ha ha ha ha ha.

  • Bill
    February 17, 2014 - 11:15

    I agree. Once the baby boomers eventually pass away and the new graduates leave for greener pastures, only the homebodies will be left to try and survive. I have two children who are adamant that they are gone to the mainland once their post secondary schooling is fininshed. I for one, will follow. This place is simply too expensive and will only get worst.

    • a business man
      February 17, 2014 - 18:58

      I left FOR post-secondary education, and I have only now return to divest in our family's Newfoundland interest and after that, I will leave and never comeback. I LOVE the way things are right now because the value of my properties have increased beyond my wildest imaginations. Frankly, it is like a casino trip: cash out while I am up, and let someone else cover the losses. All that said, I will be voting for the same government to do the same thing. The current policies have been great for me, so keep it coming!

  • david
    February 17, 2014 - 10:41

    Deceiving the public has a long history of success in almost any jurisdiction.....and it has had 'world-class' results in Newfoundland. On that list, helping an ex-emperor / neophyte realtor sell a few blocks of land would be a trivial slam dunk.

  • Everyone doesn't have the same worries about demographics that will impact the bulk of the population.
    February 17, 2014 - 06:45

    If a person's personal financial wealth is worth Hundreds of Millions of dollars and probably growing as much in a week as most of the general population will earn in a lifetime , well then he or she doesn't have the same worries about the looming demographics that will impact severely on the ability of the bulk of the population to make ends meet fifteen years down the road. The ways of how some people have horded wealth is nothing short of corruption and hey don't give a darn how it will impact on others. We need a better accounting of the way our government operae the systems that cause such lopsidedness in society.

    • Kent
      February 17, 2014 - 08:42

      What the hell are you talking about?

    • saelcove
      February 17, 2014 - 10:31

      There is only one person little man dan agrees with and that is him self

    • Tony Rockel
      February 17, 2014 - 12:04

      He is talking about business as usual in NL.