In this example, the provincial government is protecting the oil companies while the municipal government is protecting the people. The government can have two different faces.
Sometimes the government can have a change of heart. A good example of this is when the provincial government neglected the people on Gerrish Street in Halifax by letting the landlords charge the people rent for living in poor conditions that weren’t suitable to live in. Some apartments had holes in the walls, poor plumbing for toilets, electricity not working properly and generally inadequate conditions. After awhile people complained about the landlords and the conditions that they were living in to the residential tenancies act, so they could get some help with the situation they were dealing with. Eventually the people of Gerrish Street got help from the Residential Tenancies Board. An officer of the Tenancies Act was sent out to see the property. After that the landlords’ properties were shut down due to poor living conditions. In the end the people of Gerrish Street were reimbursed with their rent money so they could move to new housing.
In conclusion, while the provincial government ended up helping, the people on Gerrish Street know that their rights were violated by the landlord and I think that the government should be more like Dr. Jekyll and nothing like Mr. Hyde.
My family lives in the Sudan. I worry about them because my mother and father passed away and my older sister has been sick for four years. She has three children but they have no father. I take care of them and it is not easy for me because I also have my own kids. Two years after I came to Canada I found out my mother and father had passed away. They left my two sisters alone. Now, I take care of them and sometimes I don’t feel happy because I left some family behind. I feel that my life is over because I worry about my sisters and my own family. Sometimes I think about when I will see them again because they live far and I live far too.