“Adding to this — our looming labour requirements — is our aging population, which is perhaps the biggest threat to economic success and the very existence of this province.”
This is a sentence from the latest epistle by the president of the Board of Trade, Sharon Horan (The Telegram, June 7) on what is wrong with our province and how she can provide us with all the answers.
I regard her statement as ageism.
Telling us that the old threaten the “very existence of this province” incites negativity.
Hopefully, Horan’s solution for the salvation of the province will merely involve the rounding up of the old into MacWork Camps where we — and our work ethic that built this province from what it once was — will only be subject to sub-minimum wages with no pensions or health benefits.
This is the same treatment that has already driven our children to Alberta, Ontario and every other place that provides decent wages, pensions and benefits.
Amazingly, when you export the young adult component of your population and are left with a mainly menopausal one, your birth rate goes down and the birth rate of where they went goes up.
Instead of viewing seniors as a steady source of funds from their pensions, RRSPs, other investments, the money in our mattresses and even GIS that will keep her members from bankruptcy by purchasing their services and buying their goods, Horan sees only the negativity of our greater call on health care and other services.
It seems to be an unjustifiable fact to her that seniors need a bit of extra care in their senior years having paid their dues by building the province in their youth and middle years.
She, however, is quite satisfied to accept the gift of the current province that we have made ourselves old to leave her and her Board of Trade buds.
Perhaps if Horan thought more positively, like supporting the increased CPP or making pensions and benefits compulsory instead of continually ranting against paying her share of taxes and cutting the “red tape” (i.e. the rules that protect consumers from unscrupulous capitalists), she could be seen as trying to build the province for the future as opposed to cheapening everything so the young continue to go elsewhere.
While Horan does support more immigration, I suspect that she is hopeful those new immigrants will work for the low wages and no benefits that Newfoundland and Labrador youth no longer will.
Do you want scrunchions with that?