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  • Townie who pays tax's
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Well Well Well. We have replaced one fool with another fool. Who really believes that poor old Denis is going to impress the Iol giants in Texas. They will suck a few drinks and dinners out of him ( at our expense) and send him home thinking he is a real hero --- poor little fool. What a waste of our money --- however I forgot, Denis gets ''areoplan points'' for himself. Hmmm -- maybe not so stupid after all. Next election, I think I'll run for mayor. Look at all the perks !!!!

  • Laughable
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    I knew the comments here would focus on a free trip out of province etc. Typical.

    To be competitive the province has to spend money to attend this and other similar conferences. The cost of doing business is high but necessary if the province wants to continue to improve its financial position.

    Similar comments relating to the salaries of government officals are equally laughable. Most government officials could earn substantially more in private industry. If you paid reduced salaries the quality of the applicants would also drop - and than you would really see complaints.

    The jealousy and lack of foresight in this section is not surprising but still very disappointing.

  • W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    To laughable, most people here were not complaining about the province selling itself at the trade show but are complaining about the city sending an offiical or several to the trade show. Just what can the city do to attract oil & gas business? That is the question?

    And for the record, O'Keefe is earning way more than he ever earned when he was in his profession or anyone who is in his profession now.

    I would hazard to guess that government officials would leave their job in second if a higher paying one came up in the private sector. It is much easier to get anything done in private industry relative to public. I know I have been exposed to both.

  • Akbar
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Laughable from NL so basically you have offered nothing in the way of comments on this article.

    Typical whiner with a 50's Old Boy's School mentality.

    There's no room for wasteful, short-sighted people like you in the 21st century.

    To add... people who choose to work for the 'public good' should demonstrate sound economics and make decisions the common man would support.

    Lesson learned for you ? Or are you too set in your 'old school' ways ?

  • Doug
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    Hey Laughable,
    Was wondering how many times you have been to this conference, funny thing I have, and O'Keefe has no place at this. First of all, the CNOPB and government being there is plenty. Most of those people probabaly dont need to be there either, but hey, thats politics. Does Mr. O'Keefe know anything about the oil industry? I would say, unfortunately, about as much as Mrs. Dunderdale. When will we have a minister who actually has been a player in the oil industry. I once met the Honourable Ed Byrne at an offshore conference, who was Natural Resource at the time, and discussed with him my views, as an oil industry professional, regarding the state of the NFLD offshore and future oppurtunities. He had no idea what was going on. I can only imagine the laughing that must occur when the big wigs of Exxon and Chevron get through a meeting with these people, who know the industry inside out. If the city wants to be a player, appoint a oil and gas liason between city and industry, who is in the loop, and send that person.

  • Don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    I could not agree with you more. I guess 25 years in a classroom makes one an expert in the oil industry. He should have save our (taxpayers) money and filled the potholes with it. Looks like Denis likes getting onboard the freeboard wagon.

  • W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Why would the mayor be going? I understand Minister Dunderdale & her officials, but O'Keefe??? What is he gonna market , the University Research Capability or College Training programs all of which fall under provincial responsibilities. Maybe he is gonna let them know that they will need to buy extra tires, rims, shocks & struts for all company vehicles driving around St. John's due to the POTHOLES. I bet if the Trade Show was in Iqualiut, O'Keefe wouldn't be going.

  • Bobber
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    If it is a conference and it is in a hot spot, you can be assured that Doc will be all over it. I am sure next week he will be back in council spouting the benefits of the conference. And for good measure he'll probably toss in that he saw a cruise ship on this trip. Our Mayor is our very own Capt Stubing. Are we not blessed. What is next Gopher Coombs is attending as well?

  • Nutty Nate
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    A free ticket to the OTC in Houston ? It's a big party. No wonder he took advantage of this. Let's see his tavel expenses when he gets back.

  • Eli
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Laughable is really laughable. Is he suggesting the current flock is qualified to do anything but fill out an expense claim? Some of 'em can't even do that. Face it Laughable, if there was an easier way to make the dollars they make ($93,000.00 + expenses) as an MHA they'd have to hire a monetary adviser to tell 'em where to go. God help 'em if they went to you.

  • W
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    It just struck me..............O'keefe is an MHA in training..............he's going so he'll know how to handle himself when he becomes a MHA.............I just wish it wasn't on my dime.

  • Eli
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Is Dennis travelling Business Class or steerage? Word has it he's addicted to Gray Poupon.
    Besides the travel expenses how about the Aeroplan miles he'll accumulate? Perhaps I shouldn't say that too loud, councillors & MHA's past and present all over the province are doing that.

  • Townie who pays tax's
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Well Well Well. We have replaced one fool with another fool. Who really believes that poor old Denis is going to impress the Iol giants in Texas. They will suck a few drinks and dinners out of him ( at our expense) and send him home thinking he is a real hero --- poor little fool. What a waste of our money --- however I forgot, Denis gets ''areoplan points'' for himself. Hmmm -- maybe not so stupid after all. Next election, I think I'll run for mayor. Look at all the perks !!!!

  • Laughable
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    I knew the comments here would focus on a free trip out of province etc. Typical.

    To be competitive the province has to spend money to attend this and other similar conferences. The cost of doing business is high but necessary if the province wants to continue to improve its financial position.

    Similar comments relating to the salaries of government officals are equally laughable. Most government officials could earn substantially more in private industry. If you paid reduced salaries the quality of the applicants would also drop - and than you would really see complaints.

    The jealousy and lack of foresight in this section is not surprising but still very disappointing.

  • W
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    To laughable, most people here were not complaining about the province selling itself at the trade show but are complaining about the city sending an offiical or several to the trade show. Just what can the city do to attract oil & gas business? That is the question?

    And for the record, O'Keefe is earning way more than he ever earned when he was in his profession or anyone who is in his profession now.

    I would hazard to guess that government officials would leave their job in second if a higher paying one came up in the private sector. It is much easier to get anything done in private industry relative to public. I know I have been exposed to both.

  • Akbar
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Laughable from NL so basically you have offered nothing in the way of comments on this article.

    Typical whiner with a 50's Old Boy's School mentality.

    There's no room for wasteful, short-sighted people like you in the 21st century.

    To add... people who choose to work for the 'public good' should demonstrate sound economics and make decisions the common man would support.

    Lesson learned for you ? Or are you too set in your 'old school' ways ?

  • Doug
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Hey Laughable,
    Was wondering how many times you have been to this conference, funny thing I have, and O'Keefe has no place at this. First of all, the CNOPB and government being there is plenty. Most of those people probabaly dont need to be there either, but hey, thats politics. Does Mr. O'Keefe know anything about the oil industry? I would say, unfortunately, about as much as Mrs. Dunderdale. When will we have a minister who actually has been a player in the oil industry. I once met the Honourable Ed Byrne at an offshore conference, who was Natural Resource at the time, and discussed with him my views, as an oil industry professional, regarding the state of the NFLD offshore and future oppurtunities. He had no idea what was going on. I can only imagine the laughing that must occur when the big wigs of Exxon and Chevron get through a meeting with these people, who know the industry inside out. If the city wants to be a player, appoint a oil and gas liason between city and industry, who is in the loop, and send that person.

  • Don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    I could not agree with you more. I guess 25 years in a classroom makes one an expert in the oil industry. He should have save our (taxpayers) money and filled the potholes with it. Looks like Denis likes getting onboard the freeboard wagon.

  • W
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Why would the mayor be going? I understand Minister Dunderdale & her officials, but O'Keefe??? What is he gonna market , the University Research Capability or College Training programs all of which fall under provincial responsibilities. Maybe he is gonna let them know that they will need to buy extra tires, rims, shocks & struts for all company vehicles driving around St. John's due to the POTHOLES. I bet if the Trade Show was in Iqualiut, O'Keefe wouldn't be going.

  • Bobber
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    If it is a conference and it is in a hot spot, you can be assured that Doc will be all over it. I am sure next week he will be back in council spouting the benefits of the conference. And for good measure he'll probably toss in that he saw a cruise ship on this trip. Our Mayor is our very own Capt Stubing. Are we not blessed. What is next Gopher Coombs is attending as well?

  • Nutty Nate
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    A free ticket to the OTC in Houston ? It's a big party. No wonder he took advantage of this. Let's see his tavel expenses when he gets back.

  • Eli
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Laughable is really laughable. Is he suggesting the current flock is qualified to do anything but fill out an expense claim? Some of 'em can't even do that. Face it Laughable, if there was an easier way to make the dollars they make ($93,000.00 + expenses) as an MHA they'd have to hire a monetary adviser to tell 'em where to go. God help 'em if they went to you.

  • W
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    It just struck me..............O'keefe is an MHA in training..............he's going so he'll know how to handle himself when he becomes a MHA.............I just wish it wasn't on my dime.

  • Eli
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Is Dennis travelling Business Class or steerage? Word has it he's addicted to Gray Poupon.
    Besides the travel expenses how about the Aeroplan miles he'll accumulate? Perhaps I shouldn't say that too loud, councillors & MHA's past and present all over the province are doing that.