‘… I’m really con­cerned with the long-term’

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“The mines will only last for a while, the peo­ple will last for­ever, as long as they have a means to sur­vive,” she said.

Labrado­ri­ans aren’t afraid of change, Rose added, but wel­come it.

“We once had the fish­ery and then that was gone. Then we had the mines and now that is slowly be­ing de­feated by high op­er­at­ing costs. As a prov­ince, we need to band to­gether once again to find a new way to sur­vive,” she said.

Deanne Power of Labrador City said there isn’t an easy an­swer.

“With­out min­ing or a big em­ployer, this econ­omy will fal­ter,” she said.

“Our econ­omy would not at­tract enough in­vest­ment to di­ver­sify to sup­port the cost of liv­ing here.”

At the Col­lege of the North At­lantic’s cam­pus in Grand Falls-Wind­sor, Dar­rell Gardiner sees a way for­ward.

“I think as we move to­wards a more busi­ness-mined econ­omy and away from pri­mar­ily re­ly­ing on the oil and fish­ing in­dus­tries, there will be other av­enues through which in­di­vid­u­als can ac­quire em­ploy­ment,” he said.

Rob Hil­lier, who works at the cam­pus, would like to see more op­por­tu­ni­ties. His per­spec­tive changed sig­nif­i­cantly af­ter spend­ing three years in Toronto, he said.

“I’ve been to a place where there’s ev­ery­thing in the world, ev­ery op­por­tu­nity in the world, and com­ing back here I see chal­lenges — short-term and long-term — but I’m really con­cerned with the long-term,” he said.

Back on the Burin Penin­sula, Ros­alind Brushett works be­hind the counter of a store in the Marys­town Mall.

The Burin res­i­dent was in­ter­ested in what the po­lit­i­cal par­ties will do to cre­ate jobs out­side of oil.

“If they dropped the busi­ness tax a bit, it might help with the econ­omy more,” she said.

PAUL HER­RIDGE PHOTO

Fred Fiz­zard of Win­ter­land be­lieves the provin­cial gov­ern­ment could do a bet­ter job at di­ver­si­fy­ing the econ­omy.

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