Well over the top with lav­ish praise

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Alan Hol­man has pointed out that the econ­omy of P.E.I. has been on an ob­vi­ous uptick. Mr. Hol­man also says praise di­rected to­wards gov­ern­ment in­volve­ment in pri­mary and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries has been spar­ing. His po­si­tion of gov­ern­men­tal merit is a stretch of re­al­ity but it is an op­por­tu­nity for a sar­donic at­tempt at jus­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The in­flu­ence of the depart­ment of agri­cul­ture on the suc­cesses of re­cent potato crops ap­proaches the su­per­nat­u­ral; pro­vi­sion of suf­fi­cient rain and mit­i­ga­tion of se­vere con­di­tions dur­ing harvest are surely com­mend­able. Fish­eries should be rec­og­nized for ini­tia­tives pro­mot­ing lobster im­mi­gra­tion and re­ten­tion in east­ern P.E.I. where catches and de­mand have been noth­ing less than spec­tac­u­lar. Alan, are you just fluff­ing us? Of course Fi­nance de­serves credit for its role in mak­ing sure the Cana­dian dol­lar re­mains rel­a­tively low, in­creas­ing the at­trac­tive­ness of our ex­ported farm, fish and man­u­fac­tured goods. The in­crease in tourism and re­lated ser­vice in­dus­tries is un­doubt­edly due in part to much im­proved weather. Cheers to Eco­nomic Development and Tourism and to all the sun­shine em­anated in P.E.I.

Hav­ing rec­og­nized that eco­nomic driv­ers of our is­land have been set in or­der and gov­ern­ment suit­ably praised, what about the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this bur­geon­ing pros­per­ity? When will come sub­stan­tive and truly needed in­volve­ment in health­care, ed­u­ca­tion and yes, road re­pair? And when will it be truly praise­wor­thy?

Don Humphrey,

Souris

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