As Pam Frampton points out in her column entitled “Riches to rags in 100 days,” the Dunderdale government, days before the budget was brought down, forecast a huge deficit.
Then, after announcing a significant number of layoffs in various areas and cuts to certain health services to low-income persons, proudly declares in its budget that, lo and behold, they have managed to find close to a billion dollars which, to no one’s surprise, will be used to reduce the deficit and thereby save this government’s collective arse.
People, we have been slickered; we’ve been had.
We have been had by a government whose ministers and the premier might just have learned the finer points of political manoeuvrings at the knee of a master of the art of political manoeuvrings, our former premier, Mr. Danny Williams.
Mr. Williams appeared to utilize his skills in the political arena, at least most of the time, for the betterment of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.
It appears that the present government is employing its political manoeuvring skills in a desperate attempt at self-preservation.
At the same time, it appears to be oblivious to the negative effects that its apparent preoccupation with self-preservation is having on groups and individuals in this province, on whom significant hardship is being unjustly inflicted.