Let’s stop looking to the clouds for answers
Dear editor, The Liberals are about to select a new leader and I am sure many Tories are secretly knifing their present leader in the back based on a bit of recent polling, and as in the past we start shooting our own.
What is it with Newfoundlanders when it comes to our provincial leaders? The first thing we do is rake the whole potential slate over the coals and lobby for some potentially messianic figure to emerge from the heavens and save us all.
Get off your behinds, friends, and start working on our problems instead of looking to a father/mother leader figure to take us by the hand and whisper in our collective ear, “I’ll make everything right.”
All we need is an intelligent, experienced and well-educated person with integrity and the interest and energy to help define and prioritize our goals and some sensible strategies to reach those goals. We still talk as if we are completely helpless and politically impotent as if a new leader will solve everything for us while we sit back on our behinds and watch his/her wand work its magic.
To quote Joan Rivers, “Grow up, for God’s sake” and drop that Commission of Government mentality foisted upon our people decades ago by a pack of stuffy English commissioners who starved our population and cast us away with secret negotiations and deal making.
We’ve come a long way since Confederation and the funding of education and health has been stupendous while our homegrown leaders — yes, including Joey, Peckford, Grimes, Danny and Kathy — have shaped our industrial and natural resources wealth to fund our goals.
Of course, we have had some disengaged leaders many decades ago that evolved from money who sat in the House reading newspapers while the business of the House swirled about their horny heads and never once looked up. Conversely, we’ve also been fortunate to have had some quality leaders who were just stymied by the lack of funding.
Finally, in 2013 we have many potential quality leaders, an educated population and we have the funding, present and potential. Let’s bring those three factors together and stop looking to the clouds for that “deus ex machina” to rescue us. Let’s look to our forefathers and foremothers who had very little wealth but survived with dignity and let us take an inspiration from their accomplishments in the midst of poverty and let’s look to ourselves and our new generation’s accomplishments.
Aren’t you just proud to be a Newfoundlander and Labradorian? I am and I am proud to be a Canadian. Yet, the two are not perfectly the same. We in this province are like a small group of mis-stamped coins from the Canadian mint — a Canadian coin but just slightly different. And what a unique culture we have woven as a consequence of that minute difference!
— Aubrey Smith writes from Grand Falls-Windsor