Opposition Leader Gerry Reid is warning the general public and media to be
aware of fluff government press releases and announcements that say nothing.
The quarterly polling period started last week and government press releases
and announcements have been flying fast and furious ever since.
normally wouldn’t issue a public advisory to warn people about the onslaught
of polling period announcements," said Mr. Reid. "However, after reading a
number of government releases that have been issued over the past couple of
days, I feel the public should be aware that reading these releases may
leave individuals bewildered and baffled and could lead to confusion.
"I experienced this condition yesterday after reading a press release
from the premier concerning the much-touted fisheries summit. I found myself
lost in paragraphs that said absolutely nothing. Do we really need to strike
committees to make potential recommendations on future plans for the
possibility of striking task forces for our fishery?
"In addition to these bizarre and empty press releases, government has
begun to make several fluffy, feel- good announcements. I warn the public to
check the fine print on these so-called initiatives and examine the suspect
timing of these announcements. Announcing a tire recycling plan without all
of the concrete details, and stating that more will be known in a couple of
months who will operate the program, leaves the question why government
didn’t wait until the plan was more clearly in place.
"Furthermore, the minister of finance conveniently issued a report from
the last fiscal year that says our finances are better than anticipated.
Wasn’t this information available to government before the end of the summer
and the quarterly polling period?
"While government has every right during the polling period to bombard
the people of the province with announcements that appear positive, or are
portrayed as positive, many polling announcements have gone nowhere. The
fisheries summit was a key announcement during the last polling period and
we all know the good it has done for the people of Harbour Breton, Fortune
and Marystown who are still unemployed."