Earlier this week, St. John’s Coun. Tom Hann took exception to a report from the Conference Board of Canada which predicts this province’s population would tumble over the next couple of decades.
Hann basically said the report was nonsense and he pointed to the fact that the province’s economy is booming ... especially because of all the oil activity in the “province.”
Hann went on to tell the St. John’s council meeting that nobody should “sit in Toronto and predict this place is going down the drain.”
The same can be said about Coun. Hann and his view of the whole province.
He is sitting in one of the few places in this province where anything economically positive is located and waxing on about how great things are.
Someone should bundle the good councillor into a van and take him on a tour of the rest of the province outside his cosy little corner.
Besides the northeast Avalon and a few sections of Labrador — and even that’s not a sure thing anymore — this province is at best stagnant and at at worse shriveling. While business and employment are booming for St. John’s and its neighbours, most of the rest of us are barely clinging to what we have.
Hann may eventually turn out to be a prophet — but the rush to live where the economy is bright will surely intensify, and if our population does happen to remain steady, almost all of it will be clustered within a few kilometres of St. John’s city hall.
Unless things change dramatically, there will be little of consequence anywhere else in this province except a few businesses that cater to tourism and fish plants that manage to keep their doors open in spite of the odds.
What a sad state of affairs.