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?
University and college students in Newfoundland and Labrador are taking to social media ahead of provincial budget to make case for well-funded higher learning.
Solidarity is our only weapon against austerity.
We elect government to work hard and make smart decisions. So far, we have yet to see evidence of either. Mandating across-the-board cuts is foolish, lazy and absurd.
Other places have experimented with austerity, so we don’t have to. Here’s how Newfoundland and Labrador can avoid known mistakes and put itself on a path to a brighter, more equitable, future.
The province needs to cut spending and raise taxes. But by how much?
Yet our politicians tell us we all must pay.