The reason behind the rush to a provincial election
Do you consider yourself to be an idiot? Do you think you have the IQ of a beach rock? If you answered no to both questions the Liberal government of NL is not counting on your support come Election Day in May.
For the only voters that haven’t the sense that the good Lord gave a cat are the voters that the Liberal party is courting.
If you are voting Liberal for the sole reason that we are now recording a stratospheric size surplus for the current budget year, you have been hoodwinked.
Ask yourself this question: why are we going to borrow over a billion dollars if we are running such a huge surplus?
Answer: because we are spending more money than we are bringing in. But Premier Ball does not want you to think of our financial situation in those terms. Ball wants you to put on a dunce cap and be as stunned as my arse.
Ball does not want you to question these budget numbers just like he does not want you to question his formula for rate mitigation of your electrical bill.
Ball is telling you that part of the mitigation plan includes the fact that the Justin Trudeau government is going to provide this province with $200 million every year.
Yet there is no guarantee that this money will be paid to this province. The closest we have to a guarantee is MP Seamus O’Reagan telling us that we might find something “under the hood” when the federal government takes a look to see how much money is lying around-must be something similar to Mr. Dressup’s tickle trunk.
Why then are we being told such pie-in-the sky numbers from Premier Ball?
Here’s the 411.
In the fall of 2015 when PM Trudeau came to power he had many allies in premiers across Canada who were Liberal-led governments. Then the tide started to change.
As a reference point, after the Liberal government was defeated in 2018 in Ontario that was followed by a Liberal defeat in New Brunswick and a further Liberal defeat in Quebec.
So by the fall of 2018 the last bastion of Liberal-led provincial governments was in Atlantic Canada. Three of the four provinces were Liberal dominated.
As I write this letter there is an election campaign underway in PEI. The incumbent Liberal government is in third place. By the time my letter is published the election will be over in PEI and there will only be two provincially led governments left in the country: NL and NS.
Now, consider also how much trouble PM Trudeau is in politically with the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
The Federal Liberals could easily lose power this fall. That is why Premier Ball called an early election. Had our provincial election followed a defeated Liberal federal election Ball would be sweating bullets.
The Liberal brand is taking a huge body blow all across the country and
Ball can’t get voters to the voting booth fast enough.
In the recent Alberta election the Liberals never won a single seat and managed about one per cent of the total vote. Ball’s own popularity is rated 2nd worst in Canada among all premiers.
So with all that weighing on Ball’s mind (as his colleagues all across the country have been defeated and Trudeau is no longer a slam dunk to win) to entice you to vote Liberal he is not only calling an early election but also presenting the financial situation of this province as if we have money to burn.
I’ll ask you again, do you consider yourself to be an idiot?