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The gall of the current Progressive Conservative government!

A so-called “have” Canadian province being forced to slash and burn reminiscent of Greece or the Third World?

A government with such an obvious lack of planning and foresight that it could drastically cut justice, education (College of the North Atlantic programs, for example), cultural programs (The Rooms), health care, wildlife and tourism, to name just a few, is capable of anything.

Is there anyone in the province who would not be laughed at for suggesting this government has been a good manager of our estimable resources?

And after all the critical analysis presented regarding why we should not embark on Muskrat Falls at this point in time (or ever), is there possibly a better argument against it than it has been put forth by this crowd?

Under their watch we have seen

the shutdown of major industries at

Harbour Breton, Grand Falls and Stephenville, indicative of their near-abandonment of rural Newfoundland and Labrador generally. Their survival strategy seems to be bully, hide, misinform,  fraudulently influence, obfuscate generally and hold on for dear life.

Of course, we have no one to blame but ourselves. In a democracy we always get the government we deserve.

Is this the best we can do?

Tom Hawco

St. John’s

Organizations: Third World

Geographic location: Greece, Grand Falls, Stephenville Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Christina
    April 15, 2013 - 00:02

    Taxpayers are in a no-win situation, i.e. the cost of food alone has increased by 20 percent in NL in the past year! The cost of living continues to rise, causing grief for all, especially so for seniors and retirees on a fixed income.

  • John in Whitbourne
    April 14, 2013 - 18:16

    It is the Government's fault that the pulp and paper industry has collapsed all around the world. Do we really need to drag the corpses of the Stephenville and Grand Falls-Windsor mills around the streets every time someone doesn't like a provincial budget ? One thing that I disagreed with has all ready been reversed. The cuts to one of the choke points of the Criminal Justice system are being reversed. Those cuts didn't make sense because there were no related cuts to policing, corrections and probation services. The justice system is not negotiable. You must either enforce the law or turn all of the criminal element loose. The province has the third-highest per-capita GDP in the country but this does not translate to higher per-capita incomes for several reasons. It has resulted in a loss of $800 million in transfers from the federal government. I agree that the leadership has been weak but I believe that much of this is due to inexperience at the top. I was stunned to learn that Ministers of the Crown have been wasting their time responding to silly polls on talk radio web sites. This means that the leadership should be chided for losing focus. This is the sort of idleness we expect to see on the opposition benches. Mme Dunderdale may have a number of faults but I still believe that she is head and shoulders above the alternatives.

  • Corporate Psycho
    April 13, 2013 - 21:07

    In 2015 the damage this government has done will be exposed. It won't be pretty.

  • David
    April 13, 2013 - 19:07

    Ed ,I agree 100 % with you

  • Scott Free
    April 13, 2013 - 15:03

    Prorougie Steve knew what he was doing; he played to Little Man Dan's ego. He told Danny to go home and tell the gullible people that his leadership has elevated NL to have status. Danny's ego couldn't allow him to see how he was being hoodwinked. Danny came home and the kool-aid slurping Tory blind faithful, believed him. We will feel the effects of the Danny Damage Era for generations to come.

  • Jay
    April 13, 2013 - 13:59

    The wasteful spending which has occurred was not what people wanted For instance, people weren't asking for another Department of Development when one already existed. They weren't asking for a Rural Secretariat when there was already a department responsible for rural development. The Dunderdale government is misrepresenting the infrastructure deficit which existed when they got elected. Sure stuff needed to be done. But there were a lot of petty scores to settle, and there were a lot of party faithful who needed their own little fiefdoms when the Tories got elected.Existing public employees were marginalized while the party faithful were allowed to spend like drunken sailors. Picture, for exaample, the vacations taken down south under the guise of business trips, especially when nothing was accomplished. These costs were totally unnecessary, and not what the people wanted.

  • FRILLS
    April 13, 2013 - 13:05

    when a house or home have money problems the first thing is CUT the frill I haven't seen this house do any of this . It seem they only want us to do it .I guess I don't understand this as we are the ones working to pay there salary's but they want us to get rid of all frills The sign of a good leader is to show by example . HONESTY FIRST AND ALWAYS

  • crista
    April 13, 2013 - 11:32

    yes. And the rule of law becomes rule by law???? and then they got time to do there bussiness and get the feed back of the do's and do not's and what happened, the cat got out of the bag???? and not only just now???? and for any that under stands what goes on you can see it???? the half right ???? for any one that can see it????

    • Wha?
      April 13, 2013 - 12:58

      What???? Am I the only one that doesn't understand this comment?

  • Ed
    April 13, 2013 - 11:31

    Nobody likes to have cuts like these happen but in reality many of these expenses should never have been in place to begin with. Just look at how much the provincial budget has grown over the past 10 years. We also took a civil service that, on a per capita basis, was the largest in Canada and grew it by an additional 3000 people. Why should we be surprised that we have to cut back when revenues drop off a bit. I am really irritated with our provincial government as well, but not for the cutbacks, its for getting us into this situation where we need the cutbacks. People always want more "government" services, I think they believe they are "free", I have news for them ... nothing is free, sombody is paying. So consider this, next time you are asking the government to provide a service, you are asking someone else to pay for what you want.

    • coco
      April 14, 2013 - 09:38

      Ed, when government took on paying all the expenses of building big muskrat, remember it was your money they used to pay for their self-serving big business interests but they have no money for services needed by you. In other words Ed. They're cutting about half of our services but they're not giving back one red cent of our money. If pride was an acceptable currency, it wouldn't be a problem. Unfortunately you can't buy groceries and heat with a pocket full of pride.

  • responsibility
    April 13, 2013 - 10:33

    The government makes cuts and everyone gets in an uproar. People are too much gimme gimme gimme when it comes to government thinking there is an edless pot of money. These people must never watch their personal spending. Government, like every household, needs to watch its spending as it has a limited funds. Sure, government can get more money, but that means only dipping further into the pockets of the average person and would also cause an uproar.

    • mom
      April 14, 2013 - 10:28

      It is only natural that people get in an uproar when their livelihood is in jeopardy. A lot of these people are not in high paying jobs and are going from paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. Rent is going up. Groceries are going up. Children have to be clothed and fed. I don't think it is "too much gimme" to want to get up in the morning and go to work. Some of these people are single parents, who have worked at the same job for years. These cuts are devastating to people.

  • Elliott Leyton
    April 13, 2013 - 09:45

    Tom Hawco has it half right: it's not that the government has no foresight, it's that it has plenty of foresight for themselves and complete contempt for the people of Newfoundland. What an intolerable situation.

    • Anna
      April 15, 2013 - 20:32

      Totally agree Dr. Leyton, such self-serving incompetents and an utter disgrace to this province! Completely greedy and devoid of any compassion; only personal agendas seem to be at the forefront for this lot.