Care­ful what you wish for

The Compass - - OPINION -

With the re­sults of Tues­day’s by­elec­tions sink­ing in, I think it’s be­com­ing more ev­i­dent that the Lib­eral party is about to be­come the gov­ern­ment in this prov­ince once again.

Still, be­fore Lib­er­als start pro­claim­ing them­selves gov­ern­ment, they need to do a few things.

Tell us what the party stands for — what are their plans for this prov­ince? This prov­ince has grown a lot over the past decade un­der the PC party. What do the Lib­er­als have planned to help keep that growth go­ing? How will they help with fu­ture re­source de­vel­op­ment? What about job cre­ation? What about help­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties? What are their plans to help bring our young peo­ple home or keep them here as the case may be? What about health care? Road work? So many unan­swered ques­tions and stuff the elec­torate should be ask­ing.

Sec­ond and maybe more im­por­tantly, does the party rep­re­sent change for the sake of change as we’ve seen too of­ten in this prov­ince or are they change for the bet­ter? Is life in this prov­ince go­ing to mag­i­cally get bet­ter the day after the Lib­er­als take over? We’ll have to wait and see, but as some­one who has lived in this prov­ince both from 1989-2003 when the Lib­er­als were last in power and from 2003 on­wards, I know that want­ing the Lib­er­als back in charge of this prov­ince may be a case of care­ful what you wish for. This old PC will take the record of the PC party from 2003-2014 over any other time in this prov­ince’s his­tory. I mean, re­ally, what’s wrong with be­ing the envy of the coun­try? Or more peo­ple work­ing here and than ever be­fore? And un­em­ploy­ment rates down at 12 per cent? All of which have hap­pened since the PC’s took over.

— Tony Ducey writes from French­man’s Cove, For­tune Bay

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