Province-wide, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are concerned and angry about the devastating consequences the Dwight Ball Government’s austerity budget will have on the most vulnerable people in the province and even the working class.
“On Thursday I learned that the provincial government thinks I, personally, am responsible for our debt. And that I, personally, should proportionally pay more into that debt than people who make twice, three times, four times as much as me.”
“We both work full-time. We both have ‘good’ jobs, and we don’t spend. But on this current budget, we simply will not be able to make ends meet. It is impossible.”
Despite reassurances by government that all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will share the burden of addressing the province’s $1.83 billion deficit, critics say the Liberals’ first round of austerity is disproportionately targeting the marginalized and least privileged first.
There are alternatives to austerity, say federation of labour president and an independent economist. They just have to be sought out.
Austerity is unavoidable. How do we minimize the damage?
Solidarity is our only weapon against austerity.
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Size of province’s public sector must shrink “to cut the costs of an institution this province cannot afford to operate — that is, until we see an increase in the price of oil.”
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Nowadays middle class values largely conform to the neoliberal ideology that has dominated economic discourse for the past 35 years. In light of our current “fiscal” problems, however, maybe it’s time to evaluate whether this has been in our best interests.
Yet our politicians tell us we all must pay.
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“All is well for western profiteers when their media and politicians can get us quibbling among ourselves over jobs and who gets a better pension.”
City of St. John’s finance committee chair says council will consider taking grant money from other sectors to reinstate its arts investment, but residents say that’s not good enough.
Former Great Big Sea member and small business owner Bob Hallett says homeowners and business owners in St. John’s feel “abused and neglected” in the wake of city council’s municipal budget. He is calling for the mayor and councillors’ resignation.
Incompetence and austerity could cripple the capital city, and the provincial economy too.
The N.L. NDP may not be the radical revolutionaries many progressives in this province would like to see, but the party’s new leader and election promises spell real, meaningful change for those who need it most.