Hope + Action
I hope that you and your loved ones are well. A lot has happened over the last several months. I realize these are difficult times and have been upsetting for many of you. The COVID crisis has caused significant turbulence in many lives, we all feel it. In spite of these uncertain times, there is still hope and optimism for the future.
I chose to become a doctor because I wanted to help the people of this province in a very hands-on way. And from the many patients I’ve seen over the years, I still never get tired of helping Newfoundlanders and Labradorians literally get back on their feet.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from being a doctor and running a national charity is to never surround yourself with those who just want to talk about what can’t be done and opt to be with those who are working toward what will be done. It’s easy to focus on the negativity and the general feeling of hopelessness that sits around us as thick as the fog. We all have to see beyond that.
In the medical profession you look at the entire history before making a diagnosis. Yes, our province is in a difficult situation with our crushing debt and deficit. The economic toll of COVID and the decline in oil revenues has made that position more dire. We are all worried about the future of our families and Newfoundland and Labrador.
However, the diagnosis is not terminal. Recovery will mean making some hard decisions. I tell you today, I’m ready to do exactly that. Because I see recovery as a group effort. I will seek the best advice from the top experts to deal with these issues. We will do this under the guidance of public health officials. Under my watch we will reimagine government. And this overdue change will be transformational. We must be able to see beyond our issues if we are going to see our way out.
Now that we have moved to Alert Level 3, the Liberal Party has restarted the leadership race. For the most part, this will be a virtual campaign, but I want to assure you that while we may not be able to meet in person, I am fully accessible on multiple platforms. Please contact me with your questions, comments and suggestions. Your voice will be heard.
My plan to lead us through these challenging times can only be achieved with your support. To marry hope with action. Together we can face the challenges with a view to positioning our province for future generations.
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