The fishery is worth the effort
On June 15-16, I attended the Liberal Convention in Gander at a cost of $600 (of my own money).
The purpose was to present a call for inquiry into what caused the collapse in our cod fishery in 1990 and to hopefully plan a way to rebuild it for future generations.
I did get a chance to present it to both the federal representatives in Ottawa and also to the provincial MHA’S.
Needless to say I much of a response.
On Sunday, the day after, I attended the funeral of Donald Rideout in Virgin Arm. This was a man who got his entire living from the sea, despite being resettled under the Joey Smallwood government, a government that paid very little attention to our reason for being here, the same as the present Liberal did not get government here in N.L. and Ottawa.
The Liberal government under Premier Dwight Ball is willing to spend $34 million on an inquiry into Muskrat Falls, which will not prove anything. No one will get fired or punished and it won’t make our light bills any cheaper.
Not only did Donald Rideout make his living from the sea but three of his sons — plus their wives — also followed in their father’s footsteps.
When they pass on it will be the end of an era because their children and grandchildren will have no other option but to leave this province for work — not because fishing wasn’t a good life but because there is no room for others to follow in their parents’ footsteps because our politicians have no interest in trying to rebuild our once great renewable resource. They are following in Joey Smallwood’s footsteps and allowing our great resource and our rural coastal communities to die.
The Liberal government under Premier Dwight Ball is willing to spend $34 million on an inquiry into Muskrat Falls, which will not prove anything.
No one will get fired or punished and it won’t make our light bills any cheaper.
The fishery is not enough for an inquiry.
Did I get my money’s worth by going to the Liberal Convention? No, but I did get the satisfaction of knowing at least I tried.
Wilfred Bartlett Green Bay South important