24 April 2007

The agenda revealed: Throne Speech 2007

We as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians aspire, not to perpetual subservience, but to self-sufficiency. Our people are not content to tolerate a future of relying on others economically. However, our people have now also learned that we will achieve self-reliance economically only by taking charge of our future as a people. To that end, My Government will harness the desire among Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to cultivate greater cultural, financial and moral autonomy vis-à-vis Ottawa. Our priority is the well-being of successive generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, including those who live here now and those we welcome to join us from all over the world. My Government will affirm Newfoundland and Labrador’s status as a distinct people, not uniform in lineage but multi-cultural, one nation inclusive of many nations living in harmony together. [Emphasis added]
The goal is autonomy.

What that means and how to get there are not clearly defined.


C. Parrot said...

I read that, and I think it means that we are going to open our doors to immigrants from all over the world. Then we will rename our 'nation' quebec.

Either that, or we will be accepting the Taliban prisoners and monitoring their well being.

I could be wrong, however.


Edward G. Hollett said...

What does it mean?

The words are entirely vague and the throne speech does nothing to clarify them.

Liam O'Brien said...

I WISH this was about taking an autonomist approach within the federation.

Every imaginable policy/area, from the approach and general attitude on transfers to the approach to securing funds on Labrador projects where the province is overdue to start paying its share to Labradorians to refusal to pursue joint management, all show precisely the opposite.

Nationalists and other folks who just happen to support greater autonomy for NL within Canada can't take this seriously until there is some trace of action in this direction. Since 2003, there hasn't really been any.

Edward G. Hollett said...

"Since 2003, there hasn't really been any."

Was there progress prior to Danny?

Liam O'Brien said...

Well, Under Peckford, there were arguably real and tangible efforts towards greater autonomy and empowerment. Shelf challenge/reference and fisheries come to mind. . .

Grimes also pursued joint management.

Those would be examples of that sort of thing. . . even if they weren't successful, they were efforts in that direction. No such efforts since 2003.