I canvassed today on Canada Drive, Empire Avenue and Grenfell Avenue in St. John’s.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Danny Williams’ leaving was the price of the Lower Churchill guarantee.”
— Cornwall Avenue resident.
OUT AND ABOUT
Jack Layton’s proposal to limit credit-card interest rates to a maximum of 5 percentage points over the prime rate went over well with one resident of Canada Drive.
The man, who was smoking outside his front door when I caught up with him, came straight out and said he liked the idea.
He mentioned a girl he knew who had missed several credit-card payments, and, as a result, the companies gradually raised her interest rate to 28 per cent.
The man said he recently paid off the woman’s $2,200 credit-card debt, and she’s repaying him at $50 a week.
The man said he knows a lot of people who have gotten “burned” by high interest rates.
The most common theme at the doors is a dislike for Stephen Harper. “I just don’t want to see Harper back,” said another resident of Canada Drive. “I think they (Tory MHAs who back federal Conservative candidates) are tainted too.”
A retired senior on Canada Drive said he had received a “wicked high” oil bill in the mail on Monday — $585 for 5 weeks.
Which was a great opportunity for me to tell him about the New Democrat proposal to remove the HST from home heating.
But the man’s biggest complaint was about Harper. “For Harper to be out telling people that he was defeated on the budget is a crock. He was defeated for contempt of Parliament, but then he was in contempt of Parliament for years. Look at how many times he prorogued it.”
One woman said she heard Stephen Harper would be in St. John’s today and was on her way to pick up a “bag of eggs.”