Even when times are bad, capitalist states pursue policies that benefit capitalist profit.
“The Liberal Government’s budget will not see us merely ‘falling through the cracks’ — it will be the hand that pushes us through the cracks.”
“Respectfully, Minister Bennett, the anxiety that you are currently witnessing pre-exists this budget. Your budget has inflamed it.”
“We devoted 40 or more years contributing to the well-being of our province and our country…. In our wildest dreams we never envisioned that our government would betray us, put a gun to our heads, and demand that we forfeit our financial security.”
“Let’s work together to make it a better world for our children and their children. Show by example to your children it doesn’t matter where we are in society, we all can work together and do it with respect for each other.”
“I’ve seen many blue and red governments come and go, taking turns at the reins, going around in the same cycles of boom and bust, hope and loss.”
The recent provincial budget highlights structural issues with how services in Labrador are financed. Rather than assigning blame to various governments it is necessary that the provincial and federal governments re-evaluate how services are provided to isolated ‘territories’ lacking self-governance.
“I expect that, as a citizen who chose to make N.L. my home, this government will revisit their budget and roll back the suffocating taxes.”
Budget 2016 was not about making tough choices. It was about taking from the poor to protect the rich.
“Will I still have a job within the next year or two? If I don’t, will employment insurance still be available? Could I afford to buy lunch for work? How could my fiancée and I be able to afford a wedding? How can I afford to go to college?”
Across the province let us come together on April 29 and show our government that this is not acceptable. Together, let us take back our future and stand against austerity.
“We, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, will not let that happen!”
“Part-time students should not be punished for making the decisions necessary for themselves and their families to survive and to have a chance at a better future.”
If you can afford to look at this budget in the abstract, you’re well off enough that you can pay a bigger share.
We can no longer be outraged that the budget will hit the poor the hardest, while ignoring the fact that the majority of the poor are women.
“What motivates you? … Why did you become a politician in the first place?”
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.”
“How can one feel hope and motivation all the while feeling squeezed, pinched, and drowned — drowning in anxiety and fear?”
“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.”