Tuesday, November 07, 2006

 

A tale of two realities

Very poetic and poignant post by Patriot over at http://freenewfoundlandlabrador.blogspot.com/2006/11/tale-of-two-realities.html

A Tale of Two Realities

Today I can’t help reflecting on that oft quoted line from that great masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities.

“It was the best of times it was the worst of times.”

Could this have been a prophetic statement about the province of Newfoundland and Labrador I wonder?

The province’s economy is on a meteoric rise and statistics show it will lead the country in GDP growth once again. Wonderful news one would think, until you stop to consider the thousands of poor disenfranchised souls lined up in the cold for hours on end in a desperate attempt to find a job, any job, anywhere and at any time. I believe one local reporter noted that the scenes he witnessed just last week were reminiscent of the long bread lines of the great depression. I’m a little young to recall those images but it certainly reminded me of the stark news footage broadcast during the final bleak days leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union.


As for our rise in GDP you only need to read Averill Bakers article Lo and Behold to realize the disconnect between the provinces GDP and outmigration.


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