And thus ends the brief tenure of Eli Cross, MHA for Bonavista North.
From today in the House of Assembly:
MR. CROSS: Some of my constituents looked at the Budget; they criticized us and said you have no plan. They looked at me and said, what is your plan? What is this plan? The projected deficit for 2013, $563 million, down from the $1.6 billion as projected, down because of a huge piece of work the Department of Finance, the Cabinet and our civil service did for us in the last few months.
This Province of Newfoundland and Labrador has enjoyed and sustained economic growth for the last nine years. When you go through nine years of prosperity it sort of spoils you. Who does it spoil? It spoiled the electorate because they have gotten used to good budgets. It spoils the public servants; it spoils the politicians.