This, then is the danger, of the constant negative rhetoric we hear expressed on radio shows and in the media advocating the wisdom of moving people from rural communities to larger growth centres in an effort to save money on various government services.
While it is true, that it can be challenging to provide services to a dispersed population, the dire financial state of the Newfoundland economy is not due to the fact that we, as a people, are spread out over a large area, but rather to unwise decisions made by governments over the past several years.
While, it would be extremely naive to think that every little outport will continue to exist, it goes without saying that it is the diversity of our coastal communities and the character of its people that gives Newfoundland its soul. For those of us who have chosen to invest our hard earned dollars in an attempt to make our communities viable, it is disheartening to hear the prophets of doom prognosticating our imminent demise.
I am certain that with wisdom and with our renewable resources utilized to their fullest potential and the restoration of democracy in the fishery, our coastal villages should and can continue to be an integral component of, not only their own survivability, but that of the province as a whole.
To quote Mark Twain, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated!” At least we hope so, and hats off to those who continue to invest in rural Newfoundland.