I haven't commented before now on the provincial government's decision to split Memorial University of Newfoundland and Wilfred Grenfell College because I kept feeling like I was missing part of the equation. As if there was more information that I wasn't getting and I wanted to have that before commenting.
Besides, the two main sides in this debate are two organizations I haven't agreed with much. Not agreeing with Premier Danny Williams and his government's decisions is a more recent thing. But I have a long history of not agreeing with MUN that goes back until at least 1988. Hell, some of the best traffic this blog has ever seen came from my horror over MUN's new logo last year.
Still, one wants to leave MUN whole, the other wants to split it. One of them has to be wrong.
But here's the thing, I haven't read a really convincing argument to split Grenfell and MUN. Oh sure, there's the grumbling about being run from St. John's and not having enough say in how Grenfell is run. But that's hardly cause to split the two in half.
And even in this CBC story the provincial government is still not offering any solid reasons on why this should happen, other than they say it's going to happen. Which doesn't strike me as being a particularly good reason for doing something.
Meanwhile, The Telegram unleashes a really solid editorial showing why this is a remarkably short-sighted and stupid idea (kudos to the editorial writer, by the way. Perhaps it's my imagination but the Telly's editorial writing has been especially good in recent months). That it would produce an unnecessary duplication in bureaucracy, that it will cost a lot more money, that it will harm both the St. John's and Corner Brook campuses at a time when it's becoming harder and harder to draw students.
Really, anyone can see this is the government trying to suck up to the Corner Brook area during a provincial election. It would strike me as a fairly obvious ploy. But then again, Williams and his government haven't been exactly subtle in their vote buying this summer. I can see how you might get numbed after being sledgehammered that often. I guess the government believes if you're not an idiot yet, then you will be after they've repeatedly smacked you in the head with all of these partisan spending announcements.
Thank god I'll only be home for two weeks of this madness. A concentrated burst of it might drive me mad.
But anyway, I'm agreeing with MUN on this one. I'm trying to recall how often that's happened. I'm not sure I'll be needing my second hand to assist with the counting...