September 06, 2017

We Must Attract Young People, Not Scare Them Away


Memorial’s Harris Centre recently conducted a study on the population of Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

It says that Newfoundland’s island population will experience “notable aging” in the next 20 years, and in most areas, the number of residents will decline.

 

I can’t say I’m surprised.

 

The whole country has an aging population. The 2016 census shows that Canadian seniors now outnumber children for the first time. So all the provinces and territories are facing this problem in varying degrees.

 

But in Newfoundland and Labrador, the problem is particularly bad.

 

And the Liberal Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is making our problem even worse.

 

Our government is responding to the present financial crisis by hurting everyone with high taxes and service fees – on gas, insurance, licenses, you name it.

 

Thank goodness they had the good sense to repeal their punitive and unnecessary tax on books.

 

This high-tax/high fee approach creates a stagnant economy, destroys confidence, and drives people away – especially our young people.

 

I can’t stress this enough…

 

We need a leader with the will to make Newfoundland and Labrador a place of opportunity and prosperity – a place where young people want to make their lives and raise their families.

 

Not a place that scares people away.

 

Do you agree? Let me know.