Saturday, May 3, 2008

Haves into Have-nots, and Vice Versa

Update: The link for the cartoon I had posted here has been removed, so I direct your attention to Artizans to view the cartoon.

This is a political cartoon I picked up from the The Chronicle Hearld. It depicts Ontario's premier Dalton McGuinty (the left) and Newfoundland and Labrador's premier Danny Williams (the right). In recent news Ontario has been dubbed a 'have-not' province and Newfoundland, formerly labelled as the 'have-not' province, is beginning to be regarded as a prosperous province.

I think the label ('have-not') should not be tossed around lightly. Being viewed as a backward and poor province does not help the situation. If a province is in economic trouble these types of labels should not be applied under any circumstances. Newfoundland was pegged as the 'have-not' province for a long time. This did nothing but tarnish the province's reputation as the rest of Canada viewed Newfoundland as backward and a welfare state.

The one good thing about the reversal of roles is that maybe Ontario, and the rest of Canada, will gain a little more understanding of the situation Newfoundland was in for a long period of time. There is a big difference in perspective when you are in someone elses shoes.