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It appears that Victoria Dunham Gaspar's "The Brown Hound" is not longer in business.

Posted by Ernest on 10/20/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Here’s why I’m not voting for Darrell Dexter

Hmm. I tend to agree with Blake regarding the transformation of the NDP, or any party for that matter. That is what happens when one is vaulted into governing and confronts the reality of the issues facing the province. So easy to criticize - so hard to govern. I suspect that should the NDP be in a minority position or opposition, there will be a play for the leadership by Epstein et al. to pull the party further to the left. They will never see power again...

I tend to be economically conservative and socially liberal, but have never voted NDP. Regardless, I must acknowledge that they have done a reasonable job given what they inherited. My only beef is that they, and indeed the other parties, do not confront the main issue in improving our economy with bold moves.

Here's a reality check: the only industry that WRITES governments cheques is the oil and gas industry. In 2009 ExxonMobil paid $452 million, on top of all the taxes paid for goods and services, high-paying jobs, etc. All other sectors receive cheques from governments. Onshore fracking is a non-issue as 171,000 wells in Alberta have had this industrial process since the 1950s with only a single confirmed water contamination due to gross negligence. Our attitude is that is fine, but it has never been done HERE. Our geology is no different than anywhere else, and truth be told, Lake Ainslie can lay claim to being the birthplace of the Nova Scotia petroleum industry. The first wells were drilled in the mid-1860s. Why? Because they could see the natural seeps leaking into the lake! The ones the Mic Macs used for medicinal and other purposes. Imagine cheaper energy through natural gas and employing young people in trades that would allow them to stay at home, raise families and grow their communities.

I also believe that the NDP, while laudable, is trying to create a California green economy on a pauper’s resources. We simply cannot afford it and I agree with Bailey on this one. The cheapest energy improves everyone’s situation and is attractive to industries and business of all types and sizes. Electricity is becoming a luxury good and in California’s case, and indeed Germany’s, even they cannot afford it any longer. Save the planet? Save ourselves first. Driving people and economies into poverty is a sure-fire way to keep them there.

The problem is that this, like anything else new, we do not accept any new initiative, technology, social norm, and demand it be studied to death. NOT making decisions is what we are well known for. NOva Scotia is a well-earned moniker. What is common today would have brought about THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT even a few years ago if the nay-sayers were to believed: drinking on a patio, Sunday shopping, buying food and alcohol with a credit card, drinking standing up, right turns on red lights, private wine stores, wineries, the list goes embarrassing on...

The point is we are unwilling to understand and accept risk, make a decision and move forward. Jurisdictions that do, and do so in a reasonable period of time, are growing and prospering, and at our expense. I have three children - all professionals - of which two have left and the third soon to go. They just could not stand the indecisive and patronizing attitude here and lack of opportunities. I my case, even as a working professional, retirement in Nova Scotia is looking to be quite costly, and my spouse and I are seriously looking at other regions and countries.

We have a great place here but inaction, indecision and ignorance are slowly though inexorably strangling the life out of it. Not being able to attract people to move here is bad, but driving away those of us who pay the big taxes and bills will be catastrophic. The tipping point is already here.

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Posted by Ernest on 09/26/2013 at 5:00 PM

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