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Letter: Don’t call us, we’ll call you

Premier Dwight Ball was on hand at the Village Shopping Centre Thursday to announce combined provincial-federal funding of $1.725 million for the new S&P Data call centre that will be housed on the top floor of the mall.
Premier Dwight Ball was at the Village Shopping Centre in St. John's last week to announce combined provincial-federal funding of $1.725 million for the new S&P Data call centre that will be housed on the top floor of the mall. — Telegram file photo

Another government-funded call centre (“Liberals provide money for new call centre in St. John’s,” Aug. 30)! Enough already — the taxpayer is sick of this.

Normally I just sit outside and enjoy the summer, being retired and all. And some days I catch the evening news. And I watched the big smiles and photo-op as the latest government-funded call centre steps up to the trough. As a taxpayer and businessman, I found it disgusting.

We have already had government-funded call centres in the following locations: Port aux Basques, Stephenville, Corner Brook, Grand Falls, Lewisporte, Gander, Clarenville, Mount Pearl, St. John’s. How much has been spent to date and how many exists today? Millions spent. Call centres are a distant memory to most people, and they have produced no jobs.

What’s next? Another pellet plant perhaps?

By the way, this call-centre strategy for vote getting is a little tired. However, it has been used in the past and it usually works.

Last month, the big news was the marijuana grow-op (Sprung 2.0). Good luck with that, given that weed delivered to your door now costs $6 a gram.

This month, the big news is Call Centre 9.0, the continuing story of government-funded call centres — the latest in a long line.

What’s next? Another pellet plant perhaps?

Ask yourself: why here, chosen above all other places in the world?

Roy Whalen

Deer Lake

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