The government has stated that in order to reduce the deficit, federal expenditures needed be cut.
Consequently the air/sea rescue, lighthouse closings, food inspection, etc., in Newfoundland would be eliminated (and moved to Nova Scotia).
Recently, the federal government announced the creation of a new national park at $188 million and $275,000 to search for remnants of the Franklin expedition. It appears the safety of mariners and fishermen and the health of Newfoundlanders are not high priorities.
Stephen Harper and other elected representatives certainly make it difficult for us to declare we’re proud Canadians, instead of second-class citizens.