‘… I’m really concerned with the long-term’
“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.
Fred Fizzard of Winterland believes the provincial government could do a better job at diversifying the economy.