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.