Tories on power trip, writes former supporter
In 2007 we elected a Progressive Conservative government in Newfoundland and Labrador with a huge majority — 44 of 48 seats. All of a sudden, power went to their heads. They thought they had the supreme power to do whatever they wanted to do and do it they did.
• Closing out all the garbage dumps, creating two or three on the island which will cost us a lot of money and a lot of garbage on the landscape;
• forcing us to pay taxes on our wharves and stages for the first time in our history;
• strict and unnecessary regulations on all-terrain vehicles;
• oil tank fiasco where people have to throw away perfectly good tanks;
• drove all the trailers out of the gravel pits, except up around Sand Lake, Birchy Lake Narrows;
• gave all the cabins up in the woods 60 days to get their land fixed up and penalized them $500 and forcing them to pay a minimum of $4,600, plus survey, plus septic systems, at a cost of $10,000, just for a piece of land to put a remote cabin on, which is out of reach for a lot of people;
• was going to close the health care facilities in Flowers Cove and Lewisporte;
• took the air ambulance out of St. Anthony, all because they voted Liberal;
• stopped all small businesses from advertising on the highway;
• stopped a company in Bonne Bay from selling seal pelts out of the province, at a time when the seal industry is almost dead;
• remember the family in Port aux Basques, who had their children taken away for no good reason;
• remember the Joan Burke fiasco, where she refused Mr. Eddy Campbell the right to be president of Memorial University, who later went on to be president of another University? Good enough for other people, but not good enough for this government;
• remember Tom Rideout, a former premier who helped bring this government to power by winning the Lewisporte district and the last election decided to run in his old district of Baie Verte to try and bring the district up to the standard of other districts and was able to get an extra $1 million for roads from the minister of highways, the late Dianne Whalen? But when then premier Danny Williams came back from holidays, the money was taken back and Mr. Rideout was forced to resign. The sad part was that the Baie Verte district put back another PC candidate. Not very smart;
• remember the racket when Danny and Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA and Health Minister Jerome Kennedy were satisfied to let some of our top doctors leave the province rather than pay them the same wages they could get elsewhere;
• and remember the ongoing dispute between the independent pharmacists and this government.
I became involved with PC party when they were down to 10 seats. That year they gained another four seats for a total of 14. The next election under Danny Williams, the PCs won the government and the next four years did a lot of good, but after the last election things changed. Power went to their head and the PC government turned against us, especially in rural areas, and started ramming unwanted things down our throats and for what? What was the purpose? Did we do something that we needed to be punished for?
It is for the above reasons that I will be supporting the Liberal party this election. We have to make sure that we have a strong opposition because a government with too much power is very dangerous for the people.