Danny would never al­low it

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear Ed­i­tor:

Many of you know that I was not as fond of Danny Wil­liams as most New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans. But I must ad­mit, when it comes to stand­ing up for this prov­ince, Danny was the guy to do it.

Now, in my first let­ter to the ed­i­tor since last spring, I want to bring to your at­ten­tion the hap­pen­ings in this prov­ince that Danny would never have al­lowed to hap­pen.

First, Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper would not have been greeted with open arms. Premier Kathy Dun­derdale made a big mis­take do­ing that. I know Danny prob­a­bly called it quits be­cause he re­fused to ask Harper for the loan guar­an­tee for the Muskrat Falls, but if he had known Harper would be found in con­tempt of Par­lia­ment, just four months later, I think Danny would have stayed on as premier and gone on a cross-coun­try tour to pro­mote the ABC cam­paign!

Then, with the shut­ting down of the Ma­rine Mar­itime Sub-cen­tre, Danny would have pulled ev­ery flag from the prov­ince, I’m sure.

Now we see the EI ser­vice cen­tres be­ing closed, ex­cept in Labrador, and our peo­ple be­ing ripped apart with the Old Age Se­cu­rity de­ba­cle, lied to by Ot­tawa in ev­ery speech, and gen­er­ally treated like we were for 50 years af­ter Con­fed­er­a­tion.

Then, on May 17, I learn a six-year-old prom­ise that was re­it­er­ated again in April 2011 by Harper him­self, was taken away. 5 Wing Goose Bay will not get the 650 per­son bat­tal­ion that was promised, nor the new long-range un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle (UAV) squadron for the air force.

Oh Danny Boy, where are you? Please come back and sort the mess out that Dun­derdale has ad­mit­ted she has no clout to deal with.

As for Dun­derdale, call your friend Steve and ask if you can get a Se­nate seat ,where you only have to deal with de­ci­sions oth­ers have al­ready made. We need a premier with guts and com­mit­ment, not a clout­less clown for the prime min­is­ter to laugh at.

Robin Brent­nall writes from Gambo

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