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LETTER: Promises, promises — at what price?

From left to right, NDP Leader Alison Coffin, Liberal Leader Andrew Furey and PC Leader Ches Crosbie. — File photos
(From left) NDP Leader Alison Coffin, Liberal Leader Andrew Furey and PC Leader Ches Crosbie. — SaltWire Network file photo

The last few days, there has been lots of media coverage of the election as each party attempts to grab headlines by making promises — all with a price tag. My focus and interest are not attracted by this dated technique of vote solicitation. Rather, I continue to stew over the necessity of an election and the crying need to find true leadership amongst the three main parties.

In the first place, it is difficult for me to accept the rationale for calling an election at this time. The only argument that works is that it is timely for the party in power. Sorry, but that logic simply drives this voter to look elsewhere — like for an approach that truly puts the interests of the province over the party.

When I do examine the other parties, the choices are equally bleak. Both the Tories and the NDP are playing the same game — bribing us with our own (borrowed) money. None of the parties want to face the reality of our economic situation, and none of them see any hope of election by facing the big question — how are we to get out of our economic quagmire?


In the first place, it is difficult for me to accept the rationale for calling an election at this time. The only argument that works is that it is timely for the party in power.


Our second-largest expenditure is paying interest on our debt, yet no party has made a pledge to commit to balanced budgets for current expenditure. None have committed to making a balanced budget the law of the land. There is no doubt that the current task force established by the premier will be expected to address this issue. Shame on the Liberals for their failure to share the results of this examination before calling an election. Of all the poor choices I face as a voter, this party has, by this action, placed itself at the bottom of my list, even below the “reality — what a concept” NDP.

I had hoped that the Tories could distance themselves from their catastrophic legacy and offer true leadership by promising to reduce expenditures. Rather, Ches Crosbie seems all too willing to participate in the game of out-promising the Liberals.

Like the Emperor with no clothes, the province has no money. Cannot at least one of the parties, or even one brave individual acknowledge this truth?

I will vote — but may be forced to mark a ballot for “None of the above”!

Bevin LeDrew

St. John’s


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