Originally Posted by lio45
Your real problem seems to be the size and cost of your civil service.
Would probably be more fair to the average Newfoundlander to break these unions once and for all and force them to accept more reasonable conditions than to dump all these new fees on people who likely have sub-civil-service pay and benefits in the first place.
Or else I agree with the guy who wrote that other article: if you're young, it's not your mess, you can refuse to participate and move away.
It's definitely a problem, yes, especially when it comes to health and education. We spend a fortune on both to provide a clinic and schools in every other village. We actually operate schools with more staff than students - a dozen at last count, I believe, including several with one, two, or three students. But everyone feels entitled because they pay provincial taxes.
I just want to grab them by the shoulders and say... buddy, you don't pay enough taxes in your goddamn life to cover the cost of running the ferry to your town for one fucking day. The rest of us are supporting you because you insist on living here.
Oh, you won't drive an hour to a regional hospital in the nearest large town, you want a clinic with an MRI machine in your village? O.K., here you go. Well, of course you don't have a doctor. You literally
cannot pay people enough to fucking live there.
And on, and on... but we have to be sensitive because the same arguments we make the rural areas are the ones the federal government could make to us. This is where I think independence would help in the long run. It'd be harder to leave, encouraging urbanization instead of out-migration. We're still urbanizing, but most of those commuting to work in Alberta continue to live in their rural villages, building giant homes, expecting Fort McMurray or even Edmonton-level services for their town of 80 people.
I don't want to think about it anymore.
Time to raise a smile and wait for oil to go up. Wait a long time.