More Jeromey goodness, this time from the proceedings of the Bow-Wow Parliament on Tuesday:
MR. KENNEDY: Does it make any sense that we have a Department of Fisheries in this country with its headquarters in Ottawa? That, to me, just defies common sense. If it was in Victoria, B.C., if it was in Halifax. It should be in St. John’s, but this is an example of how a central government has failed us.The Word of Jerome. DFO should be in the province of St. John’s.
Let us contemplate his Jeromey wisdom, and apply it to other situations. According to his colleague’s own statistics over at the Department of Natural Resources, iron ore, nickel, and cobalt, all of which are mined in Labrador, along with copper, most of which is mined in Labrador, make up, well, almost the entire value of the province’s mineral shipments. Depending on the year, the Labrador share of the provincial mining industry is between 90% and 98%, trending, since Voisey’s Bay began production, towards the latter.
Meanwhile, there are 560 employees listed under the Department of Natural Resources in the provincial government telephone directory.
Just so you know where this is going, gentle reader: minerals are natural resources.
Of those 560, as of last night, 33 of them have telephone numbers in Labrador telephone exchanges.
On the other side of the ledger, 246 of them have telephone numbers in the 729 exchange, including almost all of the Mines Branch, all but a handful of whose employees, according to the phone book, are located in that world-famous mining centre associated with 729- phone numbers... St. John’s.
Does that, to you, Jerome!, just defy common sense?
Is this is an example of how a central government has failed us?