Spending like drunken sailors
The auditor’s report is out and it should be a wakeup call for the people of this fair province. We have finally become a “have” province because of the oil offshore and we are spending money like drunken sailors, all for one reason, in my opinion, to make the government popular.
While we are receiving a lot of money from the oil, this is only a temporary thing. This last few years I have pleaded with the finance minister to use some of our newfound wealth to pay down the debt, so that my children and their children will not be straddled with this debt, which is I understand the highest in Canada. My grandchildren should not have to pay for the benefits that I am enjoying now.
But alas, the finance minister did not listen to me, but has come up with budgets the last couple of years that would show a deficit and predicted last year would continue for the next three years to continue run a deficit.
When are we going to get our house in order? Our two main renewable industries — forestry and fishery — are at an all-time low and very little effort is being made to revitalize them.
We had some politicans who went to jail for stealing our taxes, but no cabinet minister is held responsible for the mismanagement of the departments they are responsible for, instead they get shuffled and a good pension when laid off by the people.
It seems our politicians are quite content to sit back because they see the Avalon Peninsula booming and they think everything is fine, but everything is not OK in rural areas.
I am one of the lucky Newfoundlanders. I have most of my family living around me, not because they are enjoying our newfound wealth, but because they, like most people in rural communities, are commuting back and forth to jobs in Alberta and other places in Northern Canada.
But what’s going to happen if these jobs dry up and our oil is gone? We have to get our house in order NOW! (Retired) Capt Wilfred Bartlett