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Not Against Jobs

Can you imagine if – after spending, say, $2 or 3 billion on Muskrat Falls – we knew then what we know now and had the opportunity to cancel the works before losing another $10 billion and risking an environmental catastrophe?

We’d jump at the opportunity, of course!

Okay then, let’s look at a similar situation. It’s on a significantly smaller scale, mind you, though we’re still talking in the tens of millions. I’m referring, of course, to the Placentia Bay ocean-based aquaculture project, or as many of us refer to it, “a financial and environmental disaster in waiting.”

Folks, it’s still not too late to pull the plug on this damned thing. And the only way to do it is to “get after” your Confederation Building puppets.

There are still kinks to be worked out with the land-based operation in general, but this is the way the world is going in the salmon aquaculture business. THIS is the way of the future, not the archaic projects our government is supporting. And in doing so, they (we) are funding gluttonous millionaires, if not billionaires, who are well aware that we are desperate for jobs. They’ll pocket every penny we’re stupid enough to give them, while not giving any consideration whatsoever to our environment, other fish species and birds, not to mention our severely depleted Treasury.

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I’ll repeat – for the umpteenth time in recent years – that we are not against jobs in this industry. Everybody is well aware that rural communities need the boost. We’d truly love to see the unemployment rate near zero and communities prosper like never before. But not at all costs. Just follow the rest of the civilized world and move it on land. That’s all we are asking.

Government(s) and the aquaculture industry are still desperately trying to convince us this is the way of the future, and they’re suggesting, through advertising and social media promotion, that we “look what it brings to the table.”

First off, what’s been proposed and developed right now is actually the way of the past, not the future. And what they’re bringing to the table is – by many accounts – not fit for human consumption.

Despite what some may believe, a significant percentage of residents in the Marystown area – and the Burin Peninsula in general – are well aware of the pending financial and environmental disaster. This is why I am not convinced that former MHA and aquaculture supporter Mark Browne was defeated in the last election primarily because of the “figure skating tickets” controversy. Future ramifications of the planned aquaculture project is a much more serious concern.

A few jobs aren’t keeping everybody happy a little further west along the south coast, either. Not enough are speaking up about it just yet, but there is serious concern, I assure you. As one example, you may want to read a letter from Melvin Jackman of Harbour Breton on Page 8 of this edition. And he’s not alone.

And again I ask, why aren’t fishermen and their families more vocal on this pending disaster? Am I missing something here? Speak up, please, before it’s too late!

The aquaculture industry’s claim that only 14 percent of people in the province are against ocean-based aquaculture, is as far out to lunch as one could imagine. How they managed to come up with that figure is anybody’s guess, but I’m betting they didn’t stray far from inside their own walls.

It’s not completely surprising, though, considering the propaganda they spin on a regular basis. Surely by now, our elected officials can see through this whole scheme.

Ya gotta know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.

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