Readers say we did the right thing
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.