Who’s next?

The Compass - - OPINION -

Yes, I warned peo­ple that the Dun­derdale P.C. Government would fi­nance the multi­bil­lion dol­lar Muskrat Falls project (with its ex­pected cost overuns) on the backs of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties, hospi­tal pa­tients, the work­ing poor, stu­dents, low- and fixed­in­come se­niors, pub­lic sec­tor work­ers and other groups!

To­day, COD-NL (the Coali­tion of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties) is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing pro­vin­cial fund­ing cuts so we must ask our­selves, “Who’s Next?”

We live in a Have Province with lots of Have not peo­ple! How can the Dun­derdale Government have a Poverty Re­duc­tion Strat­egy when pro­vin­cial pub­lic sec­tor cut­backs (ex­clud­ing Nal­cor) will mean more poverty?

How in the world is the Dun­derdale Government go­ing to at­tract im­mi­grants and pre­vent New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans from leav­ing when she is plan­ning widescale cut­backs in our ed­u­ca­tional, health­care and so­cial pro­grams?

Speak­ing about health­care, what ever hap­pened to a new Cor­ner Brook Hospi­tal and a new Water­ford Hospi­tal? What­ever hap­pened to more “af­ford­able, ac­ces­si­ble hous­ing?”

What’s the point of hav­ing a pro­vin­cial Dis­abil­ity Pol­icy Of­fice when you cut fund­ing to a cross-dis­abil­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion such as the Coali­tion of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties - NL?

Pre­mier Dun­derdale and her P.C. col­leagues have to ask them­selves where is their sense of so­cial jus­tice and equal­ity?

Ed­ward Saw­don writes from St. John’s, NL

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