Editor: Several items in The Guardian, when combined, leave me hopping mad.
The first is the article on the speech to the Georgetown Conference by Don Mills, the chairman and CEO of Corporate Research Associates of Halifax, wherein he proposes setting up economic zones where the urban areas would support the rural areas surrounding them.
Where did this man come from? Is he not aware that towns and cities, from the beginning of time, were formed to support the economy that originates in rural areas because that is where this country’s natural resources are located. The Maritimes, in particular, are seasonal-based economies and anyone who is lucky enough to have a year-round job is being supported by the persons who are forced by geography and climate to be unable to work for a portion of the year in the jobs that are providing the gross domestic product of this region.
The second is the issue of under funded public service pensions. The liability is projected to be $400 million by 2014. The P.E.I. government is setting up a fund to pay $25 million of taxpayers’ money for 22 years to support these projected future liabilities.
The government should improve the likelihood of their investments, providing returns by investing in the Atlantic Beef Plant instead of the U.K. company, Portsmouth Aviation, a firm that is involved in the development of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear filtration systems for commercial and defence applications.
The third is my wish that the $140,000 in 2014 celebration funds, which is to be reallocated, be earmarked for entertainment located in rural Prince Edward Island. Hopefully with urban areas changing their attitudes, we can all look forward to another 150 years of peace and prosperity on our beautiful island.
Marion E. MacCallum,