There are costs and costs
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.