A disgruntled viewpoint from Spaniard’s Bay
Whatever happened to our way of selecting the members for the provincial parties? Years ago, if more than one person were in the running to represent a district, a meeting would be held. We would hear each person who was in the running speak. Then, we would vote for our choice.
Now, we don’t get a chance to hear the people who are in the running speak. Nomination day is selected and a vote takes place and 90 per cent of the people voting don’t know the people in the running. They weren’t given the chance to hear the people who are in the running speak. All that’s seen is a name on the ballot paper. There might be some educated people in these associations, but sometimes they make me wonder.
The new format for electing a candidate at nominations also leaves a lot to be desired, since one only has to have identification showing they are a member of the district. If a person is so interested they can vote in each of the four or five towns with ballot boxes for nomination. I wonder if this was done.
While listening to the radio on July 12, I heard a gentleman telling about how many million dollars came into different communities in the district. He named the communities receiving the money, but I didn’t hear the Town of Spaniards Bay mentioned.
But is this something new? We are a community with no leadership. It’s everyone for themselves, and forget about your community.
Over the last few years we lost our post of fice, a stab was made to close Holy Redeemer; our town has been split in two, with half in the district of Carbonear-Harbour Grace, and the other half in Port de Grave.
I didn’t hear a word from the people of Spaniard’s Bay regarding any of the above. They are satisfied with the crumbs, but don’t say anything, afraid of hurting someone’s feelings.
The next thing we’ll be losing is our identity. What Spaniard’s Bay gets they certainly deserve. Have you ever heard of a Spaniard’s Bay person protesting anything?
During the election on Oct. 9, I will be protesting in the best way I know how — against the Progressive Conservative and the Liberal parties. I will vote New Democrat. And if there is no NDP candidate in the district, I will spoil a ballot. I will go to the polling station and I will vote. It is up to you to make the change; for once, stand up and be counted.
I know the typical Spaniard’s Bay person doesn’t enjoy what I write, and after they read it, say “that wasn’t written by a Spaniards Bay man. That was written by an immigrant.”
I must explain. I made Spaniard’s Bay my home 48 years ago, but I am still called an immigrant. One thing about Spaniard’s Bay; you will never belong.
I don’t apologize for anything I have written and if I open one set of eyes, it was worth writing.
I hope that the young people would get together and take over leadership. Don’t go waiting for the next person to do it. Moses Barrett Spaniard’s Bay