Reasons for leaving
Participants from all corners of the province, writing about why they want to stay or go, seem to be on the same page, or at least the same chapter; words used over and over again included “opportunity,” “work” and “isolation.”
There are other reasons people want to leave, too, such as a lack of diversity, inadequate mental health care, small-town gossip, lack of support for the arts, and an absence of faith in the province’s future. And, as with other generations, there is much grumbling about weather and potholes.
Some responses are pretty grim.
“The financial situation, no matter how much the government would like us to think is getting better, is not, as budget cuts and such aren’t going to get us out of a hole if we just keep on digging. There is no reason to stay on a sinking ship if there is a life-raft nearby,” one grad, from central Newfoundland, writes.
“The job and housing markets are poor here, the politicians don’t understand how to manage our budget, which leads to vital things like libraries losing their funding and a book tax being instituted (even when literacy is way down in the province); we have no reliable public transport, our infrastructure is literally crumbling around us, we rely on everything to be shipped in to us, which results in a less than favourable diet, there is very little to do that doesn’t involve drinking, etc.,” writes a grad from eastern Newfoundland.