The Telegram (St. John's)
Carter’s letter was uncalled for
I wish to respond to the unfair and dishonest commentary contained in Bill Carter’s letter to the editor, published on July 18, 2017.
I understand why Mr. Carter would be defensive and embarrassed. But he should still operate in an ethical manner.
There are lots of questions that need answers. How is this use of the Business Investment Fund strategic? How does it encourage private-sector investment? How will the recipient demonstrate job growth as a result of this government handout? What job targets have been set? How many other small hotel operators in the province have received funding like this?
The tourism industry has been growing on the south coast since the mid-2000s and there are plenty of tourism operators in that region, and across the province. Government absolutely should make strategic investments to support industry growth. But it also needs to ensure fairness and transparency.
It’s certainly suspect that the most recent Liberal candidate in the area was singled out to receive such a gift. It’s not in any way a reflection of that business, but more about a consistent pattern of behaviour by the current administration.
At a time when money is tight and government keeps telling people to do more with less, many people with Liberal connections are receiving big jobs or government grants and loans.
First, Mr. Carter receives a political appointment to a Fish Price Setting Panel in January. Now, his company receives government funding to fix up his hotel and build some cabins.
Is there partisanship in politics? Of course there is; but the Liberals promised the people of Newfoundland and Labrador to put an end to it. Say one thing and do another is the mantra of the Ball government. We deserve better.
As for Mr. Carter’s comments about me not calling him back, I returned his call in less than 24 hours, at the earliest opportunity. By that point, he had left several aggressive messages and was rude to my assistant. Once I got him on the phone, he even more abusive and rude. Despite listening intently to his ranting, Mr. Carter wouldn’t let me respond, and he was repeatedly yelling and cursing. After four warnings, I ended the call.
I wish Mr. Carter every success in business. I can only hope that he does not yell and curse at customers who disagree with his views.
As for Mr. Carter’s comments about me not calling him back, I returned his call in less than 24 hours, at the earliest opportunity.
Steve Kent, MHA Official Opposition tourism critic