I’m currently not in the province - I’m doing graduate work in Toronto - but I’ve got a mild request, or rather a hope, for this particular variant of the Occupy Movement.
Friends, we’ve recently had an election, one which has had one of the lowest turnouts in the history of our province. Yet, we have another four years till we can gather and rectify that fact. However, our government has once again decided to shut its doors and act as mere managers, rather than as true leaders. I say this not to dispute the results of an election, but to address a more fundamental sickness in our provincial democracy.
This is a province and government now beholden to corporate interest from Big Oil to other resource based plunderers, not even counting the growing burden the state will place on its citizens through Muskrat Falls - much of whose benefit is outside this province. This state of affairs, my friends, is simply not good enough on the home front. We cannot be silent anymore.
Friends, what we cannot allow - even if we have lost hope in our democracy or do not believe in the system as it stands - is for those mechanism to be shuttered and left unaccountable. The 99% who have not benefited from this province’s supposed growth in wealth now stand at a tipping point where history and a robust global movement could well be at their side.
Demand that your government, which again hides from its people, open its doors to you and demand that the corporations which - like bandits - have taken hold of our collective wealth and means of prosperity be held to account.
Hand those in power, with your dissent, a back to work order.
Tell those who benefit from our collective wealth, we want a fair share.
I wish you all the best in these things and hope success shall be yours in your General Assemblies, Committees and Occupation.
All the best and Solidarity.