Ronald Regan once pointed out, "It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
Now that the strike is finally over at St. John’s airport, NDP MP Ryan Cleary no longer has to negotiate his way around large belly moose in Terra Nova National Park on his way to Gander airport enroute to Ottawa, in search of that fresh air beyond the overpass. But it appears the next item on his political radar is the fence down at the harbour in “the City of Legends.” What a fellow wouldn’t do for a few cheap NDP votes?
Now don’t get me wrong, Cleary is not sitting on the fence, he simply wants it removed. But according to Port Authority CEO Sean Hanrahan, the harbour needs both the fence and around-the-clock security if it wants to stay an offshore oil seabase and remain an internationally accredited port. After all, like it or lump it, we live in a post 9-11 world. Hanrahan also said, "The plan was always to live up the ISPS Code (The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code) which we are mandated to." “Canada”, he said, “is a signatory to this code, and there's not a single Canadian port authority in the country that doesn't live up to this code." Case close! . . . Take your shoes off at the airport, go through a full body scan, keep your mouth shut and get used to it or stay home. Besides, they say, "Good fences make good neighbors." But that may only apply to folks beyond the overpass.
Aren’t there more important and pressing issues going on in this province other than a “stupid” fence at St. John’s Harbour? Like, for example, whose pockets are being padded just a few feet away up at Atlantic Place on Water Street? Why would you fork over $2 million dollar for a space just to warehouse a few computers? Even the transitional school board chair, Lorne Wheeler, said that he did not know anything about this $2 million expenditure.
An order-in-council posted on the provincial government’s website indicates the Eastern School District will lease 22,646 square feet in Atlantic Place at $48.11 per square foot. That’s more than a million per year for over half an acre of office space. While, average Class A, St. John’s is $20.50 per square foot. Average Class B office space is listed at $16.64 per square foot. All this is for what? For the School district to keep a million-dollar view. — The Telegram, July 6, 2013.
Meanwhile, Minister Clyde Jackman wants to rip the guts out of Nova Central School District, Western School District and Labrador District School Board, and to put the “chalk friggin” lot in St. John’s, the most easterly point in North America, except for Cape Spear.
We need a fence alright, but not at St. John’s Harbour, but rather a few yards east of Chance Cove on the TCH, on that bog there just before the big rock cut on the Doe Hills. That should work perfect! Former Toronto MP, Don Blenkarn (d) once said, “Newfoundland, tow it to sea and sink it.” I think he meant the Avalon.
Joey’s biggest mistake — Confederation Building should have been built in Grand Falls-Windsor.