"Newfoundland is in silent crisis, and has been since the closure of the inshore fishery in the early 1990s. Increasingly, St. John’s highly concentrated economy resembles a sort of miniature Hong Kong amidst an increasingly deserted province. Outmigration is stealing a whole generation of Newfoundlanders. The outports are becoming just places 'where the parents live,' and the larger centres outside St. John’s have become dominated by old-age homes."
— Rex Murphy, National Post, Oct. 15, 2011.