This paper argues that for Newfoundland and Labrador, as a province, and for communities and regions within the province, good governance is the key to long-term sustainability. Communities, regions, territories, and provinces can position and lobby for more powers, but they must make the best use of the powers they have. Making the most of opportunities requires considering how they govern in any policy area, assessing how they delegate power within their jurisdictions, and how they collaborate outside their jurisdictions. It emphasizes a proactive approach to governance that aims to instill a sense of how to best exercise “remote control.”
Published in: Remote Control: Governance Lessons For and From Small, Insular, and Remote Regions, edited by G. Baldacchino, Rob Greenwood and Larry Felt. St. John’s, ISER Books, 2009, Pp. 280-294.