ST. JOHN'S — Newfoundland and Labrador's premier ordered the removal of all Canadian flags from provincial government buildings Thursday.
Danny Williams made the order in retaliation for an offer from the federal government on offshore royalties he calls a "slap in the face."
Essentially we have the premier of a province that has been plagued with economic problems ranging from the collapse of the fishery to the delay of the development of a huge nickel mine because of various reasons, refusing to pitch in and help fill the federal coffers after decades of help in the form of federal money.
Newfoundland suffers from a well established culture of poor work ethic. Of ANY province in Canada, Newfoundland takes advantage of the social safety net, especially the employment insurance system.
It has long been the norm in Newfoundland for people to "share" jobs. People remain employed just long enough to be eligible for employment insurance benefits then re-enter the work force when the benefits are about to run out. Welfare? Doesn't pay enough.
This is not to say that Newfoundlanders sit on their hands while they are on "pogey". One of their favorite pastimes between real jobs, is moonlighting and getting paid under the table.
A CBC documentary a few years ago, pretty much proved that Newfoundlanders pulled almost as much fish out of the Atlantic illegally as they did legally. Very few Newfoundlanders have empty freezers. Cod isn't off the menu on tables there. Of course Newfoundlanders blame the government.
Newfoundlanders try to present themselves as independent people who are capable of living off the land. However the reality is that they have a history of exploiting the government social safety net and resist any conservation efforts. A few years ago, National Geographic Magazine sent people out to Newfoundland to look into the Wood Duck population. They were threatened and warned. Someone took a Wood Duck and impaled it on a pole outside their hotel room.
What really needs to happen is for Newfoundland’s premier to wake up and realize that the Canadian government has supported his province for decades and now its time to share some of the wealth of newly found resources developed with Canadian money.
The removal of the Canadian flag from provincial buildings is not only in poor taste but it’s a slap in the face to all Canadians. If they feel so hard-done-by, maybe they should consider separation. I for one wouldn’t miss them. I don’t think you would see many other provinces come to their defense as we have seen with Quebec.
At this point in time, the premier has officially turned Newfoundland into a leech of the worst kind.