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From Monday’s – Thing from the Throne:
For 59 years, Newfoundland and Labrador has contributed enormously to the success of Canada. We have contributed resources of immeasurable value and, of even greater significance, we have contributed countless people – talented, tough and tenacious – whose energy and ingenuity have been powerfully instrumental in building the economies of our sister provinces and territories across Canada.“Economies”, plural?
The usual screed about resources and people flowing out?
Now where, oh where, have we heard that kind of rhetoric, in those exact words, before?
Oh yeah – from Agnes Noseworthy:
AN N from Canada writes: Joe Gopher, the fact is Ottawa has been apprised by some vociferious Newfoundlanders and Labradorians that we have caught on to the formula of Ottawa and how economies have been created in Canada. We, as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, know full well that OUR resources have been utilized to create economies in every other location of Canada, except for Newfoundland and Labrador. Ottawa is very well aware that we know and maybe that is the reason now that every other location in Canada real estate boom showed a decline last month while NL's housing market appears to have had an increase. The treatment of NL economically had to be noticed at some point by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and the rest of Canadians. When the people of this province put together a few factors and saw what really was happening here economically, given all the resources that were being CHURNED out of this place, then we knew it was either we had to speak up or die as a province. We chose to speak up and we will not shut up until we have parity with the rest of Canada. Canada has been on the receiving end of Billions and Billions from NL's resources. You Joe do not want to credit our province of for all the high class resources that have gone out of this province for the betterment of the sister provinces. We sat by for far too long taking abuse from Canadians, all the while their economies were padded with resources that were exported from Newfoundland and Labrador. Before you speak check out what resources are shipped out of here to keep smelters and refineries going in the rest of Canada. Also while you are doing it check out how the fish quotas got deal out for international trade and external affairs. Please check out the fact that Ottawa saw to it that our coveted Hydroelectric energy went to Quebec for its economy since Mother Ottawa wouldn't come on side with us to secure a corridor across Quebec to ship the energy to markets.Even the inevitible reference to "59 years" is a well-known Agnesism:
Posted 18/12/07 at 10:09 AM EST
Hypocrisy Abhorer from St. John's, Canada writes: David Stanley - The province of Newfoundland and Labrador has been propping up the Canadian economies with its rich resources for nearly 59 years now, resources such as Fish, Hydroelectric Energy, Minerals, and Oil. Add to that Newfoundland and Labrador's williness not to demand of Ottawa to put any of the Federal infrastructure here that it has placed in the other provinces, such as Military and Naval Bases and Federal Regional Offices, all of which have gone to the other provinces of Canada with Billions of dollars of taxpayers monies, including monies from the taxpayers of Newfoundland and Labrador and which have greatly added to the economies of the other provinces coffers.Or is Agnes using Williamsgovernmentisms?
David Stanley - Please do not be so inept in your understanding, try to read a little before you comment. Obviously you are not aware of what the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has contributed to Canada, otherwise you would not have made such a dumb statement.
Posted 26/01/08 at 1:20 PM EDT