Newfoundland & Labrador may have only joined Confederation in 1949 to become Canada's 10th province, but May 16th is the 50th General Election in its history. The House of Assembly has 40 seats, one of the rare legislatures with an even number. This election comes at a momentous time in the history of the province, due to more than one major issue that will likely decide its future for generations.
Muskrat Falls - As the inquiry into how the largest project ever undertaken in its history rolls on, the evidence is clear. This project should have never happened, but it is virtually complete and will commence operations later this year. What will also commence is the massive debt repayment of a project that doubled in price under false promises and predictions. The next 70 years will require money that isn't readily available to pay for what has rightly been called as a "boondoggle" but the bills don't stop coming.
The Cod Fishery - Mismanagement is a huge understatement in the handling of what was once the greatest natural fishery on earth. The moratorium started in 1992 was supposed to last a few years, the latest numbers indicate it will not be lifted anytime soon. It changed the way of life, the culture and the population lineage never to be the same again.
Healthcare - For a long time, healthcare results in Newfoundland have been the last in Canada with very high costs. Will this election change any of the systemic problems within it? Where will the money come from?
The View Up Here welcomes Con O'Brien, a true Newfoundlander from a family with literally centuries of experience on the water and in the cod fishing way of life. Front-man for legendary Newfoundland folk group The Irish Descendants, Con joins us to discuss the election, the Muskrat Falls disaster, thoughts on whether the cod will ever return and the debt-ridden future of tomorrow's Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.