Careful what you wish for
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