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On April 14, the budget for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador was released to the public.

It was a terrible budget. The open-line radio shows were full of people criticizing the Liberal government, saying they couldn’t afford to live in this province. All the young people were going to leave. People wanted this government to resign.

I, too, thought this was a terrible budget, but those of you who have read my letters to the editors over the years know that I was predicting this.

You can only spend more money than you are earning for so long and then you have to pay it back. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Every dollar that the government spends is our money, and the former Progressive Conservative government spent like drunken sailors with no thought for tomorrow.

They even campaigned on running a billion-dollar-a-year deficit for the next five years, but alas people saw the light and did what I did — put a new crew in charge of the ship, because they did not want their children and grandchildren saddled with this huge debt that was still growing.  Why should our children and grandchildren have to pay for the sins of their fathers?

This province is leaking like a basket and will not stay afloat unless repairs are made quickly. We have lived high on the hog for too long and now we must pay the piper.

To those of you out there who are so critical of this budget and this government, I ask the question, what would you do? Keep on spending your children’s future, or should we get back on course? If so, we have to put our shoulder to the wheel and bear some of the burden. We have gone through rough times in this province many times before — remember the cod moratorium, 30,000 jobs lost — but we survived. We are a resilient people. We have survived for 500 years and will continue to do so forever if we are willing to do our part; short-term pain for long-term gain.

Remember Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers’ “She’s Awful Bad”? Near the end they come came to the conclusion: “b’y, yes she’s not bad a-tall.”

Capt. Wilfred Bartlett, retired

Green Bay South

wilfbartlett@hotmail.com

It was a terrible budget. The open-line radio shows were full of people criticizing the Liberal government, saying they couldn’t afford to live in this province. All the young people were going to leave. People wanted this government to resign.

I, too, thought this was a terrible budget, but those of you who have read my letters to the editors over the years know that I was predicting this.

You can only spend more money than you are earning for so long and then you have to pay it back. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Every dollar that the government spends is our money, and the former Progressive Conservative government spent like drunken sailors with no thought for tomorrow.

They even campaigned on running a billion-dollar-a-year deficit for the next five years, but alas people saw the light and did what I did — put a new crew in charge of the ship, because they did not want their children and grandchildren saddled with this huge debt that was still growing.  Why should our children and grandchildren have to pay for the sins of their fathers?

This province is leaking like a basket and will not stay afloat unless repairs are made quickly. We have lived high on the hog for too long and now we must pay the piper.

To those of you out there who are so critical of this budget and this government, I ask the question, what would you do? Keep on spending your children’s future, or should we get back on course? If so, we have to put our shoulder to the wheel and bear some of the burden. We have gone through rough times in this province many times before — remember the cod moratorium, 30,000 jobs lost — but we survived. We are a resilient people. We have survived for 500 years and will continue to do so forever if we are willing to do our part; short-term pain for long-term gain.

Remember Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers’ “She’s Awful Bad”? Near the end they come came to the conclusion: “b’y, yes she’s not bad a-tall.”

Capt. Wilfred Bartlett, retired

Green Bay South

wilfbartlett@hotmail.com

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