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Letter: Still at the mercy of merchants

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A couple of years ago my wife and I had the opportunity to visit Trinity, a quaint little village in Trinity Bay.

We did the dinner theatre, which was excellent, and then the guided walking tour of the town’s past. We saw the interiors of homes, businesses, the church, and in each one, actors played out scenes of life in the village years ago when cod was the lifeline of the community and the merchant controlled the town. The final scene was at one of the homes where the family was unable to fill their quota of cod and the merchant had the final choice of life or death by not giving them enough of the necessities to sustain them over the winter.

Newfoundland today is much like Trinity from the past.

He chose death by denying them the much-needed supplies. They didn’t survive the winter! There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience as we all walked away touched by the cruelty of what we had just witnessed.

Newfoundland today is much like Trinity from the past. The difference is we have a federal government that has no concern for the population of this island, much like the monarchy in the past, and a provincial government, led by a merchant, who in my humble opinion has no regard whether the families of this province starve or freeze in their homes, as long as he and his like, such as the executives of Nalcor and Newfoundland Power, are comfortable in theirs.

History hasn’t changed much as we are still controlled by government and a merchant who really doesn’t care.

Mike Banks

Conception Bay South

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