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I am amazed how gullible Prime Minister Stephen Harper thinks we really are in Canada, especially the Atlantic region of our great country.

So, he is saying now, or his finance minister is, that they will have a surplus of $45 billion by the time the 2015 election rolls around. Good for Steve and Jim Flaherty.

You cannot buy votes, Steve and Jim. People are not gullible enough to listen to your rhetoric. We have been listening to you for far too long. It is time for you to listen to us.

Atlantic Canadians still remember your words Steve — that we are a burden on the rest of Canada, and your most recent famous quote, “When I am finished with Canada, you won’t recognize it.” And, our beloved veterans will definitely remember — “Lest we forget.”

We will remember all of what you said, come the fall of 2015, when you will be voted out of office for good. I guess some of your ultra-fundamental conservatives will vote you back, because they can’t see the forest for the trees.

My advice to you, Steve, is to get your reclining chair ready for you to relax, come the end of the election in 2015.

Clifton Small

St. John’s

Geographic location: Canada, Clifton

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  • Too Funny
    February 25, 2014 - 14:36

    "Gullible" and "buying votes". There's a reason why Harper, and all politicians, think that way - because the electorate has proven it's true, time and time again.

  • Come from away, and glad when I 'm gone!
    February 25, 2014 - 12:47

    Harper got in, got the job done, and will exit strategically. Masterful performance. Newfie is less than 1/60th of the country. ANYTHING we let you have is more than charity. This is a backward society where people equate success with keeping your neighbour down. The zero-sum game of a superstitious, uneducated people. Newfoundlanders cannot be separated from their suffering, and if they somehow were, they'd go looking for it again. Salt fish and and a slurred 'babytalk' accent is not culture, it is a cul du sac of humanity. Harper doesn't even come here, he has no respect for cry babies. Who's get taught their ABCs now? Not Danny! Hahah go Danny, Go Stephen!! Take their resources while they pull on each others hair! I'll be glad when I leave here with my money made. HICKS!

    • Donald
      February 25, 2014 - 13:04

      Well, you do have a point about the equating success with keeping the neighbours down. And considering the amount of religion here, yes, there is a fair amount of superstition. And while most of us are quite educated, there certainly is that crew who revel in their own ignorance and have no shame about broadcasting it far and wide (usually on VOCM). And they are, for the most part those who, like you, would also vote Harper. So…. Yeah… Bon Voyage.

    • We need you to analyze the facts Come From Away. The truth hurts doesn't it?
      February 25, 2014 - 13:38

      If your country (Canada) back in 1949 decided to split Newfoundland and Labrador's natural resource base in an honest manner, where both Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador could have built economies side by side from the developed raw resources, then we would have been enjoying a superb economy and would be living in the age of Modernity just as the rest of Canada is doing. Also if 1979 Newfoundland and Labrador's Offshore Oil fields were allowed to take precedent over Alberta's Tar sands we would be far ahead economically of any other province in Canada. COME FROM AWAY could you please speak up on the mistakes that Ottawa allowed that would have taken our province on a difference path to prosperity?

    • Gee Person
      February 25, 2014 - 15:14

      Obvious troll. Recent research shows that trolls are mostly sadists who frequently torture small animals. They are to be pitied but should be ignored.

    • Cashin Delaney
      February 25, 2014 - 17:28

      Harper connived his way in. Newfoundland and Labrador is the ambassador for Upper Canada's relationship with the UK. NL is the per capita, hands down leader of all provinces in charitable work and donation levels. The culture retains the old world timelessness that is lost to the uninitiated. We haven't had our James Joyce yet to explore the riverrun. Tribalism and feudalism are alive and well in all western cultures. It manifests more apparently here, amongst our 500grand, but honestly - Saltcod & Wine. A toast to the troll. Harper and Williams may be cut from the same, but listen folks - we prop them up, or at least tolerate it. These guys could just ride off into the sunset to meet Putin and write a book about hockey with a feather quill each. Seriously. Its not all about money to these guys. It is the FAME. (the tv show, not the bowie song - praise bowie!) Why do we let effete strongmen hold our purse-strings and build stonehenges to bleed money off to economy Praise economy!. It's a queer thing you know, we could be having such a gay old time in Ottawa, Moscow and St. John's if these guys would just become trolls? Please?

  • bill
    February 25, 2014 - 10:41

    It worked for Williams

  • VOR
    February 25, 2014 - 10:24

    You can tell an election is not too far away. The Harper shills are beginning to populate the comment sections... hopefully most Telegram readers will be able to tell the difference.

    • david
      February 25, 2014 - 10:45

      And that right there is why we have the kind of productive and effective politics we do here. No, we're not gullible....we're masters of political achievement. Ancient Greece would have been a real success had they been like us.

  • david
    February 25, 2014 - 09:55

    Clifton: I read the first sentence and stopped. Does the name "Danny Williams" ring a bell? That was world class, cult-like gullible.

    • Joe
      February 25, 2014 - 11:16

      Gullible in one comment. Not gullible in another. Some people just can't write a coherent statement.

  • The province of Newfoundand and Labrador has been Ottawa's/Canada's economic Saviour!
    February 25, 2014 - 09:07

    We need to take a stand in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and speak to Ottawa and Canadians in general in plain language and advise them that any further development of our natural resources, the raw resource will be developed in our province for our people. We also need to educate all Canadians on what our province has given to Canada in form of already developed natural resources that have been percolating economies in other parts of Canada for the past 65 years. We have completely placed our Fish Resources into Ottawa's hand where they utilize the fish quotas on a daily basis to conduct international trade to trade off agriculture and manufactured goods produced outside of our province. They also control the Air Space we brought into Canada. Both of these great resources alone have brought in Billions of dollars into the Canadian economy over the past 65 years. Then there are the great Hydroelectric energy, Minerals of all types and Oil, all of which Canadians have been capitalizing on through the building of mega economies, while our economy desperately languished in our province and we have lost our potential human resource through emigration by those who have left to work their own resources in the other provinces. Besides those insults, Ottawa has very little of its infrastructure, if any, here in Newfoundland and Labrador. We are the very periphery of its Eastern geography, we have no Navy, no Military despite the fact during the Second World War, before we were part of Canada we were the location for the Militaries of the Allies, England, Canada and the United States to congregate their operations. We have none of the Federal Crown Corporations Ottawa has situated in the other provinces that bring in Billions to the those provinces' economies. Ottawa has even stripped our province of the Coast Guard, the very place it should be located in the East. My question is when are we going to educate Canadians on what we contribute to Canada in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador on a yearly basis and what we do NOT receive that the other provinces have received from Ottawa to build thriving economies. From my viewpoint it appears that the politicians from Newfoundland and Labrador have been in the pockets of Ottawa to better themselves personally? So what have they gotten to appease them that they would allow our natural resources to flow from this province purely as give-aways? A lot of questions need to be answered on what transpired over the past 65 years of our province having to put up with the poorest economic status, despite the greatest larder of natural resources in the Canadian Federation. Canada even became one of the G7 economies over the time since our province entered the Canadian Federation. WE NEED ANSWERS AND WE NEED TO APPRISE CANADIANS OF WHAT WE HAVE CONTRIBTED. WHY ARE OUR FEDERAL POLITICIANS NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT THIS, ISN'T THIS THE REASON WE SENT YOU TO OTTAWA?

  • ginn
    February 25, 2014 - 08:31

    I am far, far from being a ultra fundamental conservative, in fact I consider myself a very small c- conservative. However I enjoy the fruits of the Harper policies such as split retirement income and the increased funding provided to provincial health payment transfers. I don't want to go back to the savage cuts to health transfers carried out by the Chretien/Martin government. I'm also not impressed by promises to legalise drug usage. I will probably have no choice but to vote for the Harper crowd again.