Pre­dictably bad bud­get

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - Capt. Wil­fred Bartlett, re­tired, writes from Green Bay South

On April 14 the bud­get for the prov­ince of New­found­land and Labrador was re­leased to the public.

It was a ter­ri­ble bud­get. The Open Line shows were full of peo­ple crit­i­ciz­ing the Lib­eral govern­ment. They couldn’t af­ford to live in this prov­ince. All the young peo­ple were go­ing to leave. Peo­ple wanted this govern­ment to re­sign.

I too thought this was a ter­ri­ble bud­get, but those of you who have read my let­ters to the ed­i­tors over the years know that I was pre­dict­ing this. You can only spend more money than you are earn­ing for so long and then you have to pay it back.

Money doesn’t grow on trees. Ev­ery dol­lar that the govern­ment spends is our money and the for­mer PC govern­ment spent like drunken sailors with no thought for to­mor­row.

They even cam­paigned on run­ning a bil­lion dol­lar a year deficit for the next 5 years, but alas peo­ple saw the light and did what I did — put a new crew in charge of the ship be­cause they did not want their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren sad­dled with this huge debt that was still grow­ing. Why should our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren have to pay for the sins of their fa­thers?

This prov­ince is leak­ing like a bas­ket and will not stay afloat un­less re­pairs are made quickly. We have lived high on the hog for too long and now we must pay the piper.

To those of you out there who are so crit­i­cal of this bud­get and this govern­ment, I ask the ques­tion, what would you do? Keep on spend­ing your chil­dren’s fu­ture or should we get back on course and if so we have to put our shoulder to the wheel and bear some of the bur­den. We have gone through rough times in this prov­ince many times be­fore. Re­mem­ber the cod mora­to­rium? 30,000 jobs lost, but we sur­vived.

We are a re­silient peo­ple, we have sur­vived for 500 years and will con­tinue to do so forever if we are will­ing to do our part. Short-term pain for long-term gain.

Re­mem­ber Buddy Wa­sis­name and the Other Feller’s “She’s Gone B’y, She’s Gone,” but came to the con­clu­sion in the end — boys we haven’t got it too bad.

This prov­ince is leak­ing like a bas­ket and will not stay afloat un­less re­pairs are made quickly. We have lived high on the hog for too long and now we must pay the piper.

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