The fish­ery is worth the ef­fort

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Editorial -

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

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