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Dear Editor: From a recent letter to the editor, I am pleased to know that Mr. Bill Barry, if premier, would consider permitting an “open border” policy with regard to outside buyers being permitted to compete for Newfoundland fish products, providing the playing field was level for all concerned.  

On the issue of permitting anyone to build a small processing plant to buy limited quantities of pelagics or cod from inshore fishers, I am disappointed that he has adopted the now standing policy that such would be an exercise in futility, as such endeavours, he suggests, would be bound to fail.

I believe such a policy which disallows the chance of failure, denies the opportunity of success, and has the effect of driving the final nail into the coffin of rural Newfoundland.

With little opportunity or encouragement for young people to enter the fishery on a small scale, and with the average age of the Newfoundland and Labrador fisher now approaching 60 years, what do we have to lose by permitting anyone with a creative idea and a plan to use their own capital to construct a cottage  type plant catering to local and national markets with speciality products?  

Government’s failure to permit creative people to build on a dream, because by some chance they may fail, ensures little hope for outport Newfoundland and Labrador, nor for the larger centres that depend on the trickle of wealth from numerous smaller communities.  

I see no one prese-ntly in government with the courage and vision to restore democracy to the fishery, and the denial of the right to fail, in and of itself guarantees failure.  

Good thing philanthropist Zita Cobb was not constrained by such archaic laws limiting free enterprise, or her dream of The Fogo Island Inn — now No. 10 on Oprah’s WOW list — would never have become a reality.         

David Boyde, Twillingate

Organizations: Dear Editor, The Fogo Island Inn

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Crazy
    February 22, 2014 - 08:29

    Sir, you should read Bill Barry letter over once more, what's your stating in your letter, isn't what Mr Barry is saying. Just that he master the art of talking with is fingers cross behind his back. If you want hard times in the fishery? Vote for BILL... It's almost like asking Dwight Ball where do he stand on Muskrat Falls.