Plant work­ers need all the sup­port they can get

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

There is a great con­cern to have more plant work­ers back to work in New­found­land and Labrador. Hur­ri­cane Igor cer­tainly made it more dif­fi­cult and de­press­ing for those who de­pend so much on the fish­ery. This tragedy should open the eyes of many politi­cians who took for granted that na­ture would never be so harsh on us. Now that there is more fish in the sea, why not open up the plants and put peo­ple back to do­ing what they en­joy the most — work­ing for a liv­ing.

I un­der­stand Premier Danny Wil­liams re­ally opened up to Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper dur­ing his visit to New­found­land and Labrador re­cently. I am very dis­ap­pointed that the op­po­si­tion Leader Michel Ig­nati­eff didn’t even make an at­tempt to get his shoes wet?

It was also the mag­netic kind­ness and hos­pi­tal­ity of New­found­lan­ders that brought our lead­ers to­gether dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Igor, not just the dev­as­ta­tion it­self.

The peo­ple of New­found­land and Labrador have helped oth­ers dur­ing tragedy and dev­as­ta­tion world­wide for many years. For any leader not to join them in their dif­fi­cult mo­ments would’ve been in­hu­mane and un­car­ing. Prime Min­is­ter and Premier Wil­liams did that; they have shown that they do care about our peo­ple; they have deep feel­ings in­side for New­found­lan­ders.

Still, I am very dis­ap­pointed that Michel Ig­nati­eff is afraid to get his feet wet and stayed away from New­found­land and Labrador.

We are very for­tu­nate to have politi­cians like Scott Simms who is a fighter for our prov­ince. Again, Mr. Ig­nati­eff, you have to jus­tify why you have not vis­ited New­found­land and Labrador since the ter­ri­ble dev­as­ta­tion there?

You may plan to visit later, but later is not the real an­swer. There is a quote that may suit our Lib­eral Op­po­si­tion leader very well: “Come to visit when the work is all done.”

Frank Black­wood

A New­found­land writer liv­ing in Rich­mond Hill, Ont.

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