Gov­ern­ment try­ing to snow us on snow clear­ing

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Ed­i­tor, I wrote a let­ter to the ed­i­tor al­most ex­actly a year ago re­gard­ing the con­di­tions of our high­ways when the Lib­er­als came into power. It con­cerned an al­most to­tal lack of snow clear­ing ser­vices by Trans­porta­tion and Works be­tween St. John`s and Har­bour Grace, re­gard­less of time of day.

While that let­ter didn’t get pub­lished, the ab­sence of road main­te­nance and snow clear­ing re­mains the same, or has got­ten worse in some in­stances. For ex- am­ple, in ad­di­tion to the AWOL snow clear­ing equip­ment, the white lines mark­ing the in­di­vid­ual traf­fic lanes, whether on a twoway or a di­vided high­way, have grad­u­ally dis­ap­peared.

As these lines are of­ten the only guide to go by when driv­ing on the high­way, their ab­sence means that you are driv­ing at your own risk. Maybe there should be signs to that ef­fect all along the high­way.

At this time, I only have one ques­tion, and I am far from the first to ask it: what kind of fools do the provin­cial gov­ern­ment take us for when they tell us, straight­faced, that such ser­vices are es­sen­tially un­changed from pre­vi­ous years? Is this rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Lib­eral trans­parency?

This gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion­mak­ing abil­i­ties have been highly sus­pect since day one. We all knew there had to be cuts, and that taxes were go­ing to go up, but we were not pre­pared for the ham­fisted, un­think­ing ap­proach made by the cur­rent gov­ern­ment.

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