It’s a Christmas miracle of sorts — reports says the maritime rescue sub-centre in Quebec that was due to close the same time as the one in St. John’s is now staying open permanently.
The closures were part of the federal government’s cost-cutting aimed at reaching its target of balancing their budget by 2015.
Conservative minsters were lining up to assure anyone who would listen that closing the centre in St. John’s would have no impact on safety.
That centre is now long closed and the one in Quebec will keep on serving those who run into trouble in that politically powerful province. This was seen as being politically motivated from the start and this latest turn of events just adds to the evidence.
There are dozens of federal seats in Quebec that can make or break a political party’s aim to form a federal government.
That gives that province plenty of political sway in Ottawa — especially with a general election looming in a couple of years.
This province? We have seven little seats and not one member sitting on the government side, much less around the cabinet table.
One theory has it that Premier Kathy Dunderdale didn’t fight the closure with any enthusiasm because she was waiting cap in hand for the Conservatives under Stephen Harper to pony up on their promise to guarantee the loan for the building of the Muskrat Falls hydro project.
And some may say we have ample proof of how fondly Harper looks upon this province and its people.
That is only a theory but one thing that’s clear is that Peter Penashue, the recently tossed representative for this province in the federal cabinet, carried no sway with his cabinet mates.
He sat back and let the closure go ahead without a discouraging word.
Is it any wonder politicians are looked upon with such distain?