2012: the year of the unpleasables

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If you wondered for even a moment if you made a difference this year fighting for your cause, you can rest easy. You can now include yourself among the proud group referring to themselves as ‘unpleasables’. They are Islanders who rose up and demanded to be heard on an ever-growing list of issues.

In his year-end speech with CBC Compass, our premier made references to people who were not ever going to be appeased when talking about the large opposition to projects such as HST and Plan B. It seems ourpremier would like to dismiss anyone who opposed his vision of this province as simply people who will never be pleased with his decisions, in other words,‘unpleasables’. As such, he would have us believe that we are wasting this government's valuable time fighting for things that are unattainable.

In 2012, unpleasables like myself spent time fighting: for women to have access to primary health-care services within their own province; for transparency and accountability from our elected officials; for our children to have access to up-to-date technology in schools; for election promises to be kept; for real consideration for the environment; for a realstrategy to reduce poverty; for a change in government spending priorities; for the sustainability of rural medical services. In 2012, we unpleasables asked this government to listen. Whether we were a group of 300 with waving signs, or one person standing at the doors of Province House, we were fighting to matter.

In 2012, unpleasables like myself reminded Islanders that standing up and having your voice heard is in itself a worthy exercise, one our children will benefit from. So to all those fighting, I hope 2013 brings you strength and resolve to continue demanding to be heard. A futurethat considers each and every one of us, that values the environment, that is based on the full participation of Islanders in policy and planning is attainable. We just have to continue being something our premier should get used to — a public that is unpleasable.

Gail Rhyno,


Organizations: Province House

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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