There are costs and costs

The Compass - - OPINION -

On May 20, Canada’s gov­ern­ment, not the Harper gov­ern­ment as he likes to call it, wel­comed the “Roy­als.” At what cost I won­der?

I un­der­stand it costs $1 mil­lion yearly to op­er­ate the search and res­cue cen­tre in St. John’s. What will the ex­pen­di­ture be to en­ter­tain these peo­ple for three days? This money would be bet­ter spent to keep the search and res­cue cen­tre. As ev­ery­one knows, the cen­tre has been moved to Hal­i­fax. Our prov­ince has hun­dreds of beau­ti­ful place names such as Ming’s Bight, Joe Batt’s Arm, Dildo, etc. I won­der how much trou­ble the op­er­a­tors in Hal­i­fax will have lo­cat­ing places such as these in case of an emer­gency.

We have hun­dreds of fish­er­peo­ple at sea at all times. Un­for­tu­nately, emer­gen­cies arise and lives are lost. If this should hap­pen, God for­bid, I am sure Stephen Harper would be the first politi­cian to visit New­found­land and Labrador to con­sole the sor­row­ing spouses and chil­dren.

Our coun­try is the best in the world. In my opin­ion, Harper’s con­cept of what it should be is ba­si­cally wrong. Leave it alone! For­get the old Re­form Party.

Paul J. Withers writes from St. John’s

Ed­i­tor’s note: this let­ter also ap­peared in the May 24 edi­tion of The Tele­gram.

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