Read­ers say we did the right thing

The Compass - - OPINION - BY DENISE PIKE

Sixty years af­ter the prov­ince be­came Canada’s 10th prov­ince The Com­pass asked read­ers if they felt we had made the right de­ci­sion in join­ing Canada. Here’s what some of them had to say: Steven White, Long Cove

I don’t know a lot about pol­i­tics, but I think it was the right de­ci­sion. If we weren’t a part of the fed­eral scene we could be los­ing more in trans­fer pay­ments and have to bor­row more than we even have to now. How­ever the fed­eral gov­ern­ment could be do­ing more to help us. Kathy Black­more, Carbonear

Yes we made the right de­ci­sion in join­ing Canada. Right now we’re a Have Prov­ince and that’s good, but we also ran a deficit in this year’s bud­get. The fu­ture is fi­nan­cially un­pre­dictable and we may need to rely on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment more than we do right now there­fore we need to re­main part of the do­min­ion of Canada. ed us. Em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance, Old age Pen­sion, the Baby Bonus are just a few of the pro­grams we have here in the prov­ince that comes from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. If we weren’t a part of Canada we would have to come up with the money to cover all that our­selves and I don’t think we are ca­pa­ble of do­ing that right now. Stephen Pin­sent,Whit­bourne That’s a loaded ques­tion, but I’m re­ally not sure if it was a good idea or not. I can see an ar­gu­ment for both sides - be­ing a part of Canada and not be­ing a part of it. For the most part though I’m con­tented with the way things are. How­ever we could do with a bit more re­spect from the fed­eral level. Brit­tanyWar­ren, Chapel Arm Yes we made the right de­ci­sion. The coun­try of Canada is among the best in the world. I’m very proud of our Cana­dian mil­i­tary and of what they are do­ing to bring peace in the world. Be­ing a part of Canada has also given us free health care, an EI pro­gram and many other kinds of pen­sions and pro­grams that help im­prove the lives of many peo­ple.We wouldn’t have all that if we were on our own.

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