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Monday, January 22, 2007

The Search for Intelligent Life Continues

I sincerely hope that if aliens ever launch a probe searching for life on this little planet of ours they don’t accidentally scan the Liberal party of Newfoundland and Labrador. If they do I doubt they’ll find anything even resembling intelligent life there. I live in the province and even from this close vantage point I can’t find any, not lately anyway.

I know the Liberals are far more accustomed to holding power in the legislature than they are to sitting on the opposition bench but is that any reason to give up all sense of reality? As things now stand, the Williams government is enjoying a solid majority that's likely to become even more solid after the next election. There may be many reasons for that but I’m starting to believe it’s at least partly due to the ramblings of Liberal leader Gerry Reid and the severe mental breakdown happening inside the Liberal party.

Whether you support the current PC government or not, the fact of the matter is that a strong government, of any stripe, needs strong opposition. An opposition that can ensure things are done properly and that nothing slips through the cracks. Unfortunately the Liberals have abdicated that duty. They’ve effectively left the real job of opposition up to the only sane voice around these days, the understandably lonely leader of the provincial NDP party, Ms. Loraine Michael.

Ever since accepting the leadership of the Liberal party from an inept and aging Roger Grimes, Gerry (cry me a river) Reid, has done nothing but bitch and moan about anything and everything the government is doing. There are those who will say, “…but Myles, that’s the job of the opposition party to “Oppose” right?” Wrong.

The job of an effective opposition is to ensure that the government of the day is held accountable for its actions, that the best possible results come from legislation under consideration and, where possible, to move its own agenda forward under difficult conditions. It isn’t simply a matter of taking a contrary stand whether it makes sense to do so or not. That approach to debate is best left to the kids in the school yard.

The latest example of Liberal idiocy came last week when the provincial government rejected a proposal by Hibernia management to move forward with the so called “South Hibernia” oil field. Never mind that government hasn’t squashed the idea of development but is simply asking for clarification on some issues, Gerry Reid once again saw this as an opportunity to spout off anyway.

One of the answers government is looking for is whether or not the companies involved intend to pull oil from this new area at the expense of the existing Hibernia well. As the level of available oil in the existing Hibernia field dwindles it becomes more troublesome and expensive to extract and the government is looking for assurances that the intention is not to leave that valuable oil in the ground while going after the cheaper oil in the south, a reasonable question in my book.

Even putting aside whether or not government’s decision is the right one, from a purely political perspective Gerry Reid and the entire Liberal party has become suicidal and hell bent on destroying any chance of holding onto the few seats they have left. The saddest thing is that neither Gerry nor his merry band of grits seems to see the harm they’re doing to themselves.

It’s clear that most people of the province support the government’s move with Hibernia. Right or wrong, they support it. A recent “question of the day” posed by provincial radio station (VOCM) asked this very question and (though not a scientific result) the answers received show that about 90% of respondents agree with the stand taken by government. In fact NOIA, a group made up of companies supplying the offshore oil industry itself doesn’t have any issue with the move. Why then would the Liberals, under Gerry Reid’s watch, continue to shout from the rooftops that it will send a bad message to the poor mistreated oil companies?

Not only is Gerry showing a total lack of intelligence from the perspective of protecting provincial interests he’s also displaying a complete lack of political savvy. Here’s a lesson for you Gerry, if you oppose a stand that 90% of the population supports it's highly unlikely to translate into a lot of votes when the polls open in October. For heaven’s sake, I know you guys are disappointed and maybe even a little dejected about losing the last election but that was then and this is now. There’s another election looming on the horizon. It’s time to get over yourselves and get on with doing the job you’re being paid to do. Show at least one grain of sense before it’s too late.

By all means speak out when you feel something is going wrong. Speak out when you have an agenda item that deserves attention, but also work with the current government when the stars align and you agree on specific issues. Finally, for the good of the province get over this idea that if it comes from Danny Williams mouth you have to no option but to oppose it. Life’s too short Gerry and the window of opportunity we have in this province to ensure our collective survival is narrowing more with every passing day.

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

I sincerely hope that if aliens ever launch a probe searching for life on this little planet of ours they don’t accidentally scan the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. If they do I doubt they’ll find anything even resembling intelligent life there. I live in the province (for now) and even from this close vantage point I can’t find any, not lately, not ever.

Anonymous said...

Somebody has to be the voice of reason in the dictatorship known as Danny William's Newfoundland.
Why not Jerry Reid?? I'd rather hear him oppose and ask questions than just nod and bleat like the rest of the sheep.

Anonymous said...

Anon of January 22, 2007 12:16 PM From your comments I doubt that you add much to the intelligencia either.

Anonymous said...

The first Anon seems to be suffering from too little grey matter between the ears. With your words, your presence in Newfoundland and Labrador adds nothing to the intelligence. If you say that there is very little signs of intelligence here anyway, your presence on the scene makes it a little less.

Anonymous said...

Yes isn't it strange that a person such as the first Anon thinks he/she adds intelligence to a location? Some people's minds think in strange ways. I hope this person can be rescued before it is too late.

Anonymous said...

Mr. or Mrs. Threader who is the first Anon. Rex Murphy, who is a Newfoundlander and Labradorian, has more brain cells than all of Canada. I wish he would use them though to put Ottawa in its place as it relates to Newfoundland and Labrador. He certainly has the tool to do so, CBC Cross Country Checkup.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, the Liberal party of newfoundland and Labrador, the party that nominated a new leader only to knife the poor bugger between the shoulder blades before a year had passed.

The party that thought it was a good idea to put 'mister sad face' Gerry Reid in charge of the party.

The party that had a controversial leadership convention, put Roger Grimes in as the top dog over John Efford (the waskily wabbit).

The party that had that astounding orator Roger Grimes, who looked like the cat had his tongue during the leaders debate. Funny how Roger finally found his tongue now that he is a private citizen, upstaging Gerry Reid on the evening news a couple weeks back.

Speaking of John Efford, I wonder if he plans to take another crack at the leadership of the provincial Liberals. He is in florida working on his tan presently, but finds time to get on CBC's morning show (Jeff Gilhooly) to take potshots at the provincial government. Methinks we haven't seen the last of 'mister take it or leave it' Efford. Sly as a conner and just as slick dat one is by'e!

Regards,
Artfull dodger

Anonymous said...

Hey! I never claimed to be more intelligent! I'm just a casual observer :)

And I observe that the people down here are as dense as a South American rainforest. It's not your fault. In-breeding is common on little islands.

WJM said...

The party that thought it was a good idea to put 'mister sad face' Gerry Reid in charge of the party.

It's pretty pathetic that the chief talking point that Danny's The Party use against the opposition leader is to make fun of his face (and to not make fun of it very well, either.)

Now, let's try and think of another uppity Tory leader, who was supposedly invincible and cakewalking towards election victory, who made fun of an opposition leader's face, shall we?

Anonymous said...

I always amazed at the criticisms leveled at politicians. They are either nailed for being slavish followers of the latest polling trends ("Gerry is only following the popular will - why can't he get a spine!") or they are trashed for having poor political judgment in swimming against the tide ("How stupid to complain about govt heaving Hiberia South - why can't he get a brain!").

Either way, the poor fellow can't win.

Maybe there are good and sufficient reasons for taking positions that are independent of the latest polling results?

Anonymous said...

Anon of January 22, 2007 6:10 PM. I read both of your threads and I deduced you were saying you were more intelligent than all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, but seeing you said that you’re not claiming to be an intelligent being, I will not disagree with you on that one. Because not only are you unintelligent for what you said you are a very evil minded person as well. I am surprised that Patriot would allow such an all encompassing statement on his blogsite stereotyping an entire population to have no resemblance to intelligence. You are disgusting.

Anonymous said...

To the poster (anon) who predeeded me. The poster you are replying to is merely trolling for an outraged response. I find that which works best for getting rid of trolls such as this individual, is to simply ignore them, they will become quite bored when nobody rises to take the bait. Trust me on this, trying to bebutt or reason with these people is a waste of time.

To WJM, Gerry Reid is a 'glass half empty' advocate who can see nothing positive. Its unfortunate that he can't stick to constructive critisism instead of tabloid style sensationalism, and in this case, even though I am not an NDP supporter, I have to say that Lorraine Michael is a better by several notches. Unfortunately there are those who will lap up negativity with a soup spoon, and Gerry Reid will be sure to provide a good and continuous supply of it. That WJM is what I believe to be pathetic!


Regards,
Artfull Dodger

Anonymous said...

Imagine a slap fight between someone in a sou' wester and another person in a Kenora Dinner jacket. It's equally obnoxious.

WJM said...

To WJM, Gerry Reid is a 'glass half empty' advocate who can see nothing positive. Its unfortunate that he can't stick to constructive critisism instead of tabloid style sensationalism,

TABLOID STYLE SENSATIONALISM!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?

I have an archive of Danny Williams' press releases as opposition leader that out-tabloid and out-sensationalize circles around Gerry Reid... for that matter, around the Weekly World News.

We could start with the "holes you can drive a truck through" in the Voisey's Bay deal. Danny's had the keys to the filing cabinets for almost four years... but he still hasn't disclosed those "holes", let alone driven trucks through them!

I must ask: what is not constructive? What is tabloid-style sensationalism? Do you have some specific Gerry Reid examples? To help you, his party's website, with news release archive, is available at:

http:\\www.liberal.nf.net

and in this case, even though I am not an NDP supporter, I have to say that Lorraine Michael is a better by several notches.

Spoken like a true Late-Night Liz talking point!

Unfortunately there are those who will lap up negativity with a soup spoon, and Gerry Reid will be sure to provide a good and continuous supply of it.

Again with the Late-Night Liz content. Come on, you can be original!

Anonymous said...

I may be disgusting but at least my family tree has more than one branch :)

Anonymous said...

Everyone in the country knows that Newfoundlanders are inbred. It's numerically logical. Don't be ashamed........you're always yelling that you are different and unique. I'm just agreeing with you!!

Anonymous said...

Patriot, I have pasted below a thread by an Anon of January 22, 2007 12:16 PM
I think if you passed this particular thread to the Human Rights Department, it is possible Human Rights would rule that this thread to be inadmissible on any site or anywhere. It is also quite possible some of the rebuttals would be ruled the same, since as WJM says two wrongs do not make a right. But people who rebut are at a loss and they don't know what to do, since in Canada, what one can say or do against Newfoundland and Labrador and its people, if it were said or done against a Quebecer or an Ontarian, it would be slanderous, prejudice, or non-kosher. So there are two sets of standards in Canada, one for the rest of Canada and the other for Newfoundland and Labrador. The one for Newfoundland and Labrador is that any can be said or done. The other for the rest of Canada, everything must be kosher, in other words every deed done or said must be positive and benefiting.


We are treated no differently than the very kind First Nations people who were here before Europeans came. They were treated like dirt for 500 years and are just starting to get their rights after all of those years. But the damage that was perpetrated on them with the indoctrination of the Canadian beliefs and subjugation will affect them forever.

Quote I sincerely hope that if aliens ever launch a probe searching for life on this little planet of ours they don’t accidentally scan the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. If they do I doubt they’ll find anything even resembling intelligent life there. I live in the province (for now) and even from this close vantage point I can’t find any, not lately, not ever. UNQUOTE

January 22, 2007 12:16 PM

Anonymous said...

Yes a country (Canada) which taught its First Nations people in Residential Schools to "Forget Your Mother Tongue and Remember Your National Language.' Would you label people who would teach such a thing to be an intelligent race? The first Anon if you do not know the story, I will excuse you, but if you do, you are in essence saying such a people are a very intelligent race.

bagwatts said...

Oh my God! What a convoluted mess. A very hilarious one albeit but still a mess. Hmmm, where to begin. Ah, the inbred thing. Well, it is a fact that this is the way many in Canada see Newfoundland. NOT Labrador by the way, JUST Newfoundland. The odd thing is that you can't seem to go anywhere in this province without someone being related to someone else alllll the damn time and there is a pride about it. Berrate me if you must for my remarks, but facts are facts. As for Aboriginal Canadians, Newfoundlander's need to leave that stuff alone. Newfoundlander's ancestors annihilated a whole race of Native people so they could get at the cod. Well, they got the cod and lo and behold karma is a bitch. First Nations people have been crapped on and Newfoundlander's have NO idea what cultural abuse is really like so any complaint made about how Newfoundlander's are treated in Canada has no merit or credibility.

Anonymous said...

Don't let the slanderous anons in here and idiots like bagwatts get under your skin.

People of less than average intelligence or with no ability to form rational arguements and ideas often resort to name calling, slander and "pounding on the table" when they are trying to debate something that's too close to the truth.

It's all they are capable of. Those nasty comments just mean the truth is coming out and they don't know how to refute it so they resort to childlike tactics.

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Out of the population of approximately 29,000 people in Labrador. I believe most of them or their forefathers once lived on the Island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador? I think if you traced the records you will see except for the First Nation people, who I am told approximate 6,000 strong, the majority of the remainder have origins on the island part of the province.

Anonymous said...

Good point about the origin of many people in Labrador. As a matter of fact, I'm originally from Labrador. Years ago, in the days of the old fishing schooners, many Newfoundland fishermen had two so called families. An official one in Newfoundland and an "unnofficial" one in Labrador. I come from the Labrador family of a Newfoundland fisherman which basically means I come from the "bastard" side of the family. There are a good many more like me as well.

Either way, you're absolutely right. Many people in Labrador have their ancestory on the island.

WJM said...

I believe most of them or their forefathers once lived on the Island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador? I think if you traced the records you will see except for the First Nation people, who I am told approximate 6,000 strong, the majority of the remainder have origins on the island part of the province.

In Labrador City, Wabush, and Churchill Falls.

Much less so in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

On the coast, the Newfoundland roots are very shallow. About 50% in the Straits, and substantially less the further north along the coast you go.

The other half of the Straits, and the rest of the coast and Lake Melville, was populated, apart from the Aboriginal populations, primarily by direct immigration from the West Country, Scotland, Gaspé, the North Shore, and to lesser degrees, Wales, Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Nordic countries. There aren't that many coastal family names north of the Straits which originated in Newfoundland, and even in the Straits it's half at most.

WJM said...

Years ago, in the days of the old fishing schooners, many Newfoundland fishermen had two so called families. An official one in Newfoundland and an "unnofficial" one in Labrador.

In over twenty years doing Labrador genealogy, I have yet to see a single instance of this.

Which Labrador family name are we dealing with here?

bagwatts said...

I've heard, from some Newfoundlanders themselves, that in years gone by it was a common occurrence to have a fisherman come back from fishing to find that his wife had gotten herself a child by another man in their village. Apparently this went on all the time for a few generations. Once the child was born, they sent them to the orphanages to be raised. There are lots of thing about Newfoundland that people on the mainland don't know about. Lots of things. I think ya gotta live here to get a grip on how it really is.

Anonymous said...

bagwatts, surely you don't judge an entire group of people by the actions of a few. Do you believe that Newfoundland and Labrador is the only place on earth where people engaged in extra marital affairs which resulted in the birth of a child? Don't misunderstand me, I don't say it is a wonderful thing, just not unique to people from here. I happen to believe Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are no better nor worse than other Canadians, you will get a bad apple from any barrel!


Regards,
Artfull Dodger.

Anonymous said...

Bagwatts from your thread of January 23, 2007 6:17 PM one would deduce if he or she didn't know better that the IMMORAL ACT of which you speak only happened in Newfoundland and Labrador, and I will add I do not know of any family which it has happened to, but all one has to do is listen to TV and you can watch shows like Oprah's of people having to have DNA tests done to prove the paternity of their off-spring. Believe me what you are talking about in your last thread bagwatts is endemic to the whole world and it does cause a severe breach in family values and in my estimation, IT IS THE MOST CATOSTROPIC EVENT THAT CAN HAPPEN TO A FAMILY UNIT. But please do not make it look like it is only happens in Newfoundland and Labrador. That is very elementary and childish thinking on your part bagwatts.

Anonymous said...

In over twenty years doing Labrador genealogy, I have yet to see a single instance of this.

You have to be kidding? This is true all over the world; I work with multiple people in the US that travel about 50% of their jobs and have “mistresses” in areas all over the world. And, this is in the age of digital cameras, cellphones, email and other means of instant communication. I can only imagine how rampant it was when there was next to NO way of getting caught in the act.

Anonymous said...

Everyone in the country knows that Newfoundlanders are inbred. It's numerically logical. Don't be ashamed........you're always yelling that you are different and unique. I'm just agreeing with you!!

You’re right, we also know that all blacks are criminals, Jews are greedy, Mexicans are lazy and every Chinese person knows karate. It's good to know that our hard earned tax dollars are teaching mainlanders the finer things in life.

WJM said...

I can only imagine how rampant it was when there was next to NO way of getting caught in the act.

People had eyes back then, too.

If this (the two-family thing) happened, I'd like to see a record of it.

WJM said...

It's good to know that our hard earned tax dollars are teaching mainlanders the finer things in life.

How are "our" hard earned tax dollars doing any such thing?

Bill W. said...

I have to agree with original message of the post. The liberal party is a joke right now. Regardless of whether you agree with the pc party and Danny Williams, the opposition right now is laughable. Doom and gloom is all you here. Charisma is a huge reason why Danny Williams is as popular as he is and the liberals will need to counter that with someone other than Gerry Reid. He's just too god***m depressing.

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Anonymous said...

WJM I agree with you wholeheartedly "The two family thing did not happen." It is either a figment of someone's imagination or somebody with a lot of idle time on his/her hands wanting to show our people in a bad light. I have lived on the Island portion of the province all my life, I knew many families who travelled to Labrador during the fishing season, and not once did I hear a story like that. I did hear though that our Labrador colleagues had hearts of gold who treated Newfoundlanders with a lot of dignity when in their presence, but no different than the treatment a Labradorian would receive when travelling to the Island portion. It was an excellent relationship and I hope it hasn't been changed.

Anonymous said...

I agre with Bill W. and his take on Gerry Reid. The liberals are going to need someone with a 'can do' attitude at the helm. I suspect the liberals know they don't have a reasonable chance of winning the next election and will leave Reid in place for the time being. At the moment, there isn't a single sitting liberal who is leadership material.

I'm going to go out on a limb and predict Efford will be the next annointed one for the liberals now that Roger Grimes is outa. By the way, does anybody know why there was bad blood between Grimes and Danny Dumaresque?


Regards,
Artfull Dodger

Gordon said...

I did hear of one story of a man who had a "second" wife in Labrador. The "original" family lived in Mount Pearl. I'd have to ask the person (actually a relative of mine) to confirm this, although she might be ashamed to talk about this. Even if the story is true, I do not know how common this was. If there is some truth to it, then perhaps there is a history paper, novel and mini-series waiting to be written.

As an aside, my grandmother (origianlly from Carbonear but settled in St. John's) spent many of her youthful summers "on the Labrador". They were probably the happiest days of her life.

Actually, all the above is an aside because it has nothing to do with Myles' posting. Then again, few of the other postings have much to do with it either. I have never voted Liberal. I once did hold out hope for Clyde Wells and I even ended up defending his right to oppose the Meech Lake Accord at the St. Jean Baptiste Parade in 1990 (and I was actually in favour of Meech Lake!). I also liked Roger Grimes..... well, a little bit. The Liberals have to spend a few years in purgatory just as the PC's once did. As Morrissey once sang, "You just haven't earned it yet, baby".

Anonymous said...

God forbid anyone ever say anything against Saint Danny.

Bill W said...

Anon, anybody can say what they want about Danny Williams, but how about some alternative ideas instead of just criticism from the opposition. I believe that untill they get a leader that can shoot down the govt's policies and express their own ideas, opposition parties will remain seemingly impotent. This is not meant to be pro p.c. or pro liberal, this is a wish for more effective govt.

Anonymous said...

God forbid anyone ever say anything against Saint Ottawa.

Anonymous said...

A Saint has to be a person you moron.

Anonymous said...

An effective government is one without Williams.

Anonymous said...

It is just a pun on words. I will not stoop as low as to call YOU a Moron. Please let us leave out hurtful words. We can get our points across without the USE of such belittling words. Thanks

f*ck canada said...

Anonymous said...
An effective government is one without Williams.


Effective for Kanuckistan maybe, but not for NL.

bagwatts said...

I'll bet dollars to donuts that Danny Williams wouldn't give anyone poor the time of day. He is a rich boy who never had to really earn a day's pay. Let us get down to the nitty gritty of it all shall we? Danny Williams is an egomaniac who was not getting quite enough stage time in the courtroom and therefore parlayed his need for glory and adulation to the political arena. The theatrics were perfect for him. Needs of Newfoundlanders? He doesn't give a rats arse about that, but good God, what fun it is to be on TV and in the Newspapers and on blogs and oh all that limelight. I'm not sure who is more foolish, him or the those who actually believe he is a nice guy. He's not. Danny Williams is a prick. A prick without any friends. He ought not to have pissed off the P.M. He's bigger and has a bigger stick. Idiot.

Anonymous said...

Bagwatts, I am intrigued with your remarks, I truely am. Frankly, neither you nor I really know what Williams' feelings are with respect to the poor. I think your remark is perpetrated upon a pure dislike for William's, and I think you need to back you remark up with proof.

Hey, its fine not to like William's in his role as Premier, thats totally reasonable, I have no time for Gerry Reid, we all have our dislikes. It's just that your rather glib remarks are in relating to William's vis-a-vis the poor are just your opinion, not proven.

By the way, what have you done for the poor lately?

bagwatts said...

Gee, sure sounds as if perhaps my remarks hit a bit of a nerve. You are exactly right, this is my opinion. I don't believe ( another opinion ) that you are intrigued by my remarks at all. I think you are bothered by them, though God only knows why anyone would feel the need to defend a wealthy lawyer and politician. Downright peculiar in fact. The truth is, lots of people don't like Danny Williams. That should come as no surprise for goodness sake.

What have I done for the poor lately? I've been one of them most of my life. REALLY poor at times. I know the smell of poverty, the gnawing of hunger, the terror of having nothing. Mr. Williams giving a bit of his extra fat is a joke. Children living in hopelessness and poverty are not a joke and somehow I don't think Danny's collection of cars will impress the hell out of anyone who has to feed kraft dinner mixed with water to their kids for dinner three times a week, just so they can pay their rent out of there $7.00 an hour job. Danny Williams is out of touch and what is more, he couldn't give a good you know what about it. Lip service is just exercise for your chops. Danny is just another of his ilk and they have been on this planet since civilized human beings had governments and money.
There, how's that for an opinion? In fact I will give you some more: I don't believe in racism, sexism, oppression of the poor, abuse, violence, cruelty, human rights abuses or bigotry of any sort. Those are my opinions. Here's a final opinion: I like opinions, mine, yours and of course other people's, this is what is wonderful about living in a democracy. lately however, I've begun to wonder if our freedom of speech actually exists anymore.

f*ck canada said...

"Wah! Wah! Wah! Danny's got more money than me! That makes him a prick!"


Boo-f*cking-hoo... Not content with your current lot in life? Get off your fat, lazy ass and do something other than waiting for a Liberal to give you a handout.


It's idiots like bagwatts here that give NL'ians a bad name. I mean, if you're gonna hate someone, at least have a legit reason for doing so.

Anonymous said...

Bagwatts, what exactly do you expect the government to do for the poor? Do you want the government to hand out fistfulls of cash to those who don't have enough? Some people are in dire straits due to no fault of their own, but that is a small number. I personally know of quite a few so called poor people who are simply too dam lazy to get off their arses and improve their lot in life. They are of the misguided opinion that the government, and by extension that is average Joe or Josephine taxpayer, owe them something. These same poor people have money for lotto tickets, booze and ciggies while their kids don't have three squares a day. These people should be prohibited from having kids simply because they are not fit for the task. They are selfish scum sucking useless pieces of trash. I pity them not!

bagwatts said...

Anonymous, it's the kids I'm talking about, not able bodied adults who don't want to work. Who is the government? It's supposed to be you and I. As for adjectives such as lazy, scum sucking pieces of trash, this is what the rest of Canada thinks of Newfoundlanders. As for the poor being a minority, I think you will find the middle class shrinking at an incredible rate and those supporting children on minimum wage increasing. The truth for many people is this: If they are ill and miss a day's work, that means their children can't have more than two pairs of pants for school or perhaps medicine themselves when sick. The plight of the needy my friend is the plight of the 'working' poor and their numbers are growing by leaps and bounds. One more thought: while you are blaming a picture you have in your mind of a welfare recipient, replete with toothless grin, beer belly, standing at the lotto counter, you are NOT thinking of Ed Byrne stealing nearly half a million dollars from your wallet and mine, or Danny Millions' fleet of cars. The scary thing is that it isn't as hard as people think to go from making $50,000 dollars a year to collecting a government check. Find yourself ill with cancer and you will discover just how much control you don't have. People always get angry about what they fear. It is right to fear poverty but even better to try to do something to eradicate it. If Ed Byrne wouldn't mind, there are some children in Newfoundland who need some decent food and clothes, so we'd like that money back okay? I won't hold my breath. By the way, I don't drink, smoke, play lotto or collect welfare. I work hard for every dime I make and I resent some rich freak stealing my tax dollars. I think that is justified don't you? I'm also not a Conservative, Liberal, NDP or Green Party advocate. I'm a humanist. What are you?

Tiffany said...

Bagwatts said: As for adjectives such as lazy, scum sucking pieces of trash, this is what the rest of Canada thinks of Newfoundlanders.

TIFFANY says: If the rest of Canada hadn't lobbied for our resources when they came up for development and we hadn 't had corrupt politicians who allowed the rest of Canada to be the primary beneficiary of those resources, we would be the Elite of Society as it would relate to economies in the country of Canada. But how in the name of God does the rest of Canada have the nerve to call the ordinary Newfoundlander and Labradorian such awful names, and where are the Canadian emotions and compassions, when Canadians are sucking Newfoundlanders and Labradorians life's blood, our resources, to create elitist, sumptuous lives for themselves. And to boot grab all the Federal jobs. If they were decent people they would have said a long time ago "we have to stop the raiding of Newfoundland and Labrador's resources and let them get ahead in this world, also we have to allow that province to have a few Federal jobs. That would have been the decent thing cor Canadians to have done, but No, as we all know MORE craves MORE, and that is not what happened. In my estimation for the rest of Canada to have done nothing makes them in my eyes SCUM.