You can’t have your cake and eat it too

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial -

We have a NAPE pres­i­dent, Jerry Earle, who is work­ing very hard to rep­re­sent his mem­bers and I ap­plaud him for that, that’s what he is get­ting paid for. We have a fi­nance min­is­ter who is sup­posed to be work­ing for the peo­ple of this prov­ince, but in the case of no lay­offs of pub­lic work­ers it’s quite clear to me who he is work­ing for – the pub­lic ser­vice. So who is work­ing for us? While I ap­plaud Mr. Earle for do­ing his job, I have to crit­i­cize him very strongly for the cam­paign he is now do­ing by boy­cotting a group of busi­ness peo­ple who dared crit­i­cize not you, Jerry, but the fi­nance min­is­ter who agreed to this deal. Now you are ask­ing your mem­bers to crip­ple th­ese busi­nesses that keep this prov­ince afloat by em­ploy­ing peo­ple. If that is done, they will have to lay off work­ers. Busi­nesses have to make a profit in order to ex­ist, un­like gov­ern­ment, who, when they need more money to waste, in many cases raise taxes. In other words, they hold out their hand and we the tax­pay­ers fill it. To Mr. Earle and his mem­bers, you should be very thank­ful you got such a good deal. Now you want to de­stroy the very hard-work­ing peo­ple who are pay­ing your salaries. To the fi­nance min­is­ter – you sir, have opened up a hor­nets’ nest. (Ret) Capt. Wil­fred Bartlett Green Bay South

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