It is also utterly unsurprising to anybody who has pays attention to Newfoundland politics #cdnpoli #newfoundland
His province was reporting just four cases of COVID-19 when Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball wrote the prime minister to warn that his province was about to go under.https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/newfoundland-labrador-oil-pandemic-covid-coronavirus-dwight-ball-1.5516620?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar
#COVIDー19 shutting down NFLD’s tourism industry also plays a role. But the real problems go deeper
Long before the current crisis the Newfoundland demographic bomb had already exploded
But a first step should be looking in at what we CAN control...
We cannot indulge in romanticism any more. This has to change.
After holding out for decades, the aging residents of Little Bay Islands may finally surrender to relocation – an option many other rural communities are reluctantly embracing with the province’s...https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/newfoundland-outports-relocation/article36275746/
Unfortunately he was beaten back by the fairy tales woven by the usual suspects: the protest mongering activists & public sector unions
We even launched a Royal Commission to channel this passive-aggressive grievance
He must share in the blame for this predicament
As I understand it a belief that Ottawa’s strong fiscal position backstops weaker provincial balance sheets helps struggling provinces raise money in capital markets
Shattering that belief & letting a province fail would be ruinous
Other are also hurting. What will an out-of-work Albertan think about the outlay required?
But I will not forgive a political class that has become far too comfortable ignoring fiscal realities while blaming outsiders for the consequences of their own decisions
But when the crisis ends, the world will be different. Newfoundland will be different. I hope all of us ensure that the changes ahead are for the better