Monday, January 30, 2006

Non partisan view from the Boonies

There is discourse between some Labrador bloggers [away] on the subject of possible recriminations of how Labrador voted in this last election, and a very partisan view of past Liberal deeds, miss deeds and hypotheses of what a Conservative Government would or would not do for Labrador.
I would like to comment on just some of these points put forward.

* Exploitation of Labrador for only the benefit of Ottawa, and appease the equally-robber baron Quebecois.

This I can agree with, except I would say it’s the Quebec Government we have the problem with. As a general rule Ottawa takes way more in taxes of all types, royalties and other revenue generation. I won’t go into the past miss deeds of hydro wheeling rights, pellet plants, where the Voisey’s Bay product is headed for processing yada yada. Most fair minded non partisans would agree Labrador is not well served in this area.

*Labrador Alienation.

This I agree is a major problem emanating from both Ottawa and St.John’s. I do not think it party orientated but rather a society problem. We are a long way from the main population both geographically and metaphysically.

*Lip service at best to the population of Labrador.

True, and again from both controlling capitals. This is endemic from politicians, civil servants and many businesses people.

* Money for booze thrown at other Aboriginal peoples of Labrador.

Strong words, I won’t go into the racist connotations. Sadly there is a long history of money being miss directed, miss spent, with a total lack of accountability from the top down in some areas.
But to be fair, a lot of the money funneled into Labrador from Ottawa is used in a legitimate productive way. There is the Federal Provincial Funding Agreement. In the North Coast Inuit communities it is used for infrastructure like roads, water sewer, housing, health, recreation, transport and on and on. Little or none is mispent to my knowledge. Little to none of this money is provincial, but all taxes come from the one source I guess.
Further to the statement of ‘money being thrown around”. I witness the expedient and greedy lining up at the trough all the time. Both Liberal and Conservative supporters and operators have no compunction about taking what they consider their share. What filters down to the people in the street for booze and drugs is chicken feed compared to what has been taken by business [most legitimately] but a lot not. It’s a bit like fishers complaining about the fish are gone, like Ottawa made then take all the fish out of the ocean, give me a break.

*They'd like to give us all enough money to drown us in booze and pot. Sometimes I really think that there has been a quiet genocide of all people of Newfoundland and Labrador by the Liberals of Pierre Trudeau, Jean Chretian and Paul Martin.

True to a point. It’s not just the liberals who are at minimal guilty of a form of cultural genocide. For sure there is cultural assimilation; I will let others argue if that is a good or bad thing. I will say I think it is not a positive thing in the long term big picture. No one political party or group is guilty of this; all of society has played and is playing a role.

4 comments:

NL-ExPatriate said...

Great post!

Here is the link to MUN's Harris centre report on the Upper Churchill negotiations.

"The origins of an impending crisis."

http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~feehan/CF.pdf

WJM said...

As a general rule Ottawa takes way more in taxes of all types, royalties and other revenue generation.

Ottawa doesn't take one cent in royalties.

I won’t go into the past miss deeds of hydro wheeling rights, pellet plants, where the Voisey’s Bay product is headed for processing yada yada.

Provincial jurisdiction.

Brian said...

As a general rule Ottawa takes way more in taxes of all types, royalties and other revenue generation.

wjm said; Ottawa doesn't take one cent in royalties.

No need to play the silly bugger, the Rube Goldberg to you, WJM. Most people are aware that Ottawa takes more from resource projects from most Provinces. This could be in form of direct taxes and claw backs.



I won’t go into the past miss deeds of hydro wheeling rights, pellet plants, where the Voisey’s Bay product is headed for processing yada yada.

wjm said: Provincial jurisdiction.

So you are saying that Ottawa has/had no role to play in any of these issues. Again, most people would not agree. So what happened to the great defenders of Federalism?………Oh that’s right, not a lot of seats to be had here.

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