Still at the mercy of mer­chants

The Western Star - - EDITORIAL -

A cou­ple of years ago my wife and I had the op­por­tu­nity to visit Trin­ity, a quaint lit­tle vil­lage in Trin­ity Bay.

We did the din­ner theatre, which was ex­cel­lent, and then the guided walk­ing tour of the town’s past. We saw the in­te­ri­ors of homes, busi­nesses, the church, and in each one, ac­tors played out scenes of life in the vil­lage years ago when cod was the life­line of the com­mu­nity and the mer­chant con­trolled the

town. The fi­nal scene was at one of the homes where the fam­ily was un­able to fill their quota of cod and the mer­chant had the fi­nal choice of life or death by not giv­ing them enough of the ne­ces­si­ties to sus­tain them over the win­ter.

He chose death by deny­ing them the much-needed sup­plies. They didn’t sur­vive the win­ter! There wasn’t a dry eye in the au­di­ence as we all walked away touched by the cru­elty of what we had just wit­nessed.

New­found­land to­day is much like Trin­ity from the past. The dif­fer­ence is we have a fed­eral gov­ern­ment

that has no con­cern for the pop­u­la­tion of this is­land, much like the monar­chy in the past, and a pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, led by a mer­chant, who in my hum­ble opin­ion has no re­gard whether the fam­i­lies of this prov­ince starve or freeze in their homes, as long as he and his like, such as the ex­ec­u­tives of Nal­cor and New­found­land Power, are com­fort­able in theirs.

His­tory hasn’t changed much as we are still con­trolled by gov­ern­ment and a mer­chant who re­ally doesn’t care.

Mike Banks

Con­cep­tion Bay South

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