Saturday, March 24, 2007

Does it make us angry... or uncomfortable?

Here we go... Another columnist saying something nasty about us folks down here in Newfoundland and Labrador. Check this out:

"...all (Stephen) Harper stands to lose in Newfoundland is three seats, far fewer than the number he stands to gain by 'standing up' for Ontarians and the other hard working Canadians of the most populous provinces who are tired of having their pockets picked by their continuously begging poor cousins."

How long will it take before the Open Lines go crazy on Monday morning, burning with the ire of a thousand offended callers? Actually, they won't light up at all. Because the comment was not made by a mainlander. It came from our own Craig Westcott, a true Newfoundlander and someone who is not afraid to call it as he sees it. It's an excerpt from an editorial in the latest edition of The Business Post (March 26).

It's strange how we won't stand for it when a mainlander writes something "insulting", but fall silent when one of our own makes a dig. What's that about?

It's easy to get angry at an outsider, but more difficult when an obviously intelligent local person says something that makes us uncomfortable - especially if it contains a kernel of truth.

Craig Westcott will appear as the Keynote Speaker for a NOIA luncheon event, March 29 at the Delta. The title of the address is 'Weighing the Cost of Lost Opportunities', so you can bet that Westcott will be rattling a few chains. For information on registering, click here.


Simon said...

Given the choice between being fed the comfortable lie and the uncomfortable truth, I'll take the latter any day.

It's a tragedy that government can't respect us enough to speak accordingly.

mark said...

Chain rattling is a good thing. Look forward to hearing about his comments.