A report from Statistics Canada this week crowed that the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador “surged” in 2013 compared with most other provinces.
Figures show this province led the country in improvement in gross domestic product.
If that view wasn’t so sad it would be funny.
These bean counters sit in their towers in Toronto or Ottawa and judge how we survive by looking at lines of numbers on a computer screen and they think we’re all living the high life down here.
Before they judge how our economy is surging, they should fly here, rent a car and drive around for a week or two.
These accountants and economists should get away from downtown St. John’s and see how the rest of us live.
Not much is surging for the most of us who are barely scraping by.
Just because the provincial government is raking in more royalty money from oil and other resources doesn’t mean all our lives are improving at that clip.
There has been much trickle down … or out … when it comes to oil wealth in this province.
Somehow much of it gets sucked up before it can escape the Avalon.
It seems that no matter how much governments talk about improving the economies of rural Newfoundland and Labrador, none of them has found any way to translate those words into concrete results.
Things are surging in most of this province all right, but sadly the surge we see is in lost jobs, higher food prices, rising prices for energy to heat our homes and run our vehicles, an increase in the numbers of our neighbours moving West ... and lots of lost hope.
Too bad the money experts at Statistics Canada can’t quantify that.