Hi all. I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but Newfoundland’s economy has been having a really really tough time. How tough? We just stopped taxing books. Newfoundland and Labrador’s time of being a ‘have’ province lasted a night, and now we’re back to fighting tooth and nail to keep our province afloat and dare we dream, one day, prosperous.
That’s why it’s so important for you seven, to show up for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Small businesses are the only thing keeping us afloat. When the oil money dried up, and the large companies pulled out or slowed down, the people who kept Newfoundlanders employed were small business owners. They are the owners of convenience stores, they are farmers, construction workers, mortgage brokers and restaurant owners. They ARE tourism in this province.
They’re also doctors- but we know you don’t really care about us, or our staggering six figure debt after more than a decade of school. Your Prime Minister has played it wonderfully, dividing people in a way Harper would be proud of. You make people think that we’re all ‘fat cats’ cheating the system. Easier to divide and conquer. But the actual truth is that it will hurt ordinary people who depend on small businesses for a job, or service. It will devastate our province and the few local businesses that have managed against all odds, to survive.
You as Newfoundland MP’s have a duty to us, your constituents, your neighbours, your friends and family before you kneel before your owner. Our province is struggling under the weight of taxes for crimes Newfoundlanders themselves have not committed. You have a responsibility to help us, to protect us, and to be the people we believe you to be. You serve us, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, and we want you to stand up and say ‘No’. That our province has had to deal with many indignities, and we bared them greatly. We will not take another weight added to our back. We will not suffer to see the ordinary people employed by these businesses suffer under more unemployment.
We don’t want hand-outs and bankruptcy, we want opportunity, and you are the people supposed to give that to us.
We have high hopes for all of you. Please don’t disappoint us. I’m okay if we lose this fight together. I’m not if you turn your backs on us.