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  • bert spracklin
    January 27, 2012 - 05:38

    Dunderdale cant even spell transparent , lets have the house opened for a start

  • Political watcher
    January 26, 2012 - 18:48

    The last time the AG was barred rom reporting on something was when Tobin and company kicked him out of the house. Don't worry people, he will get in and anybody who deserves it wi get theirs also. Ask Collins, Byrne, Hann etc...

  • Don II
    January 26, 2012 - 16:40

    If there is nothing to hide then open up the files and let the Auditor General review every document he wants to without any further delay. It appears that Premier Dunderdale just doesn't get it! Cabinet deliberations is and Cabinet confidentiality are just code words for secrecy and secrecy is just another word for cover up. It also appears that the Premier does not know what her subordinates are really up to and they don't want her, the Auditor General or the media to find out. Premier Dunderdale was too quick to defend her Government and she should be careful because she does not have all of the facts. Cabinet secrecy has its roots in medieval England at a time when the King and the English nobility were plotting against their enemies and their own people. National security is not involved here! This is the 21st century. The Premier is confused about what transparency in Government really means and to date the Government of Newfoundland has not even come close to becoming a transparent institution. The smoke and mirrors of transparency and access to information legislation which have so many caveats,restrictions and exemptions contained in them as to render them useless. I think Premier Dunderdale should quit taking bad advice from her old guard bureaucrats who are simply trying to cover their backsides. The Premier should order every Government department to cooperate fully with the Auditor General and let him see what ever documents or information he wants without exception. If Premier Dunderdale is prepared to do that, it will show that she has the courage and the right stuff to be a leader and not just another rubber stamp for the bureaucrats and their politician cronies who are doing the dirty work for lobbyists and people with hidden agendas. I have found that people are afraid to confront those in power and the abuse just continues unabated. I am very impressed with Mr. Loveys who has shown real courage and a willingness to challenge the old dinosaurs and their young boot kisser underlings who are running Newfoundland into the ground!

  • MBC
    January 26, 2012 - 16:15

    Kathy Dunderdale just stated on TV that she wants to get information out on INFRACTURE PROJECTS. But it's appears she wants to exclude the Auditor General from knowing about these projects.!!!!! The rest of Canada is laughing at her. By the way how much has she spent on news cloths and jewellery since become preimier???? And where was it spent , in NL or other provinces/states?

  • NowIsee
    January 26, 2012 - 15:31

    Just a question, can't Premier Kathy Dunderdale and/or her caucus be found in some kind of comtempt for not allowing the AG what is needed? This is making national headlines in Canada and it is looking more like our premier and her henchmen are hiding what we as citizens have a right to know about.

  • C-NLOP Boo
    January 26, 2012 - 15:16

    Review of the C-NLOPB is off? How pathetic is that! What are they truly trying to hide at the board. It has been too many years of secrecy, absolutely zero transparency and flying under the radar for the ill-skilled board employees. When will this end? What message does that send that 5 years of attempting to gather information has ended in failure? Give me a break! Let me ask the people this. What has truly changed at the Board since the tragic crash of the cougar helicopter? They finally were put under the lime light and their incompetency shined through and through. The best solution we could come up with was to seperate safety from the Board. Now all this time has passed, and many more projects have taken the lime light, while the Board has slipped back into its secret ways and low and behold, safety has not seperated and will not seperate in the future. Nothing has been accomplished and the incompetencies continue at the board. Time to make some cuts and changes at the dinosaur we call the Board

  • michael
    January 26, 2012 - 15:09

    no word on crown land's,think that must be very interesting department to have a look at considering all the give away's that's been going on and who is behind them and who is receiving!!!

  • David
    January 26, 2012 - 13:02

    Get ready people...when we eventually find out where a significant amount of provincial oil revenues ended up...well, let's just say its going to be "world class".....Bernie Madoff will drop down a rung or two on the ladder.

  • SR
    January 26, 2012 - 12:31

    When govt claims cabinet secrecy, that usually means something does not exist or they don't want anybody to know about it.

  • Cyril Rogers
    January 26, 2012 - 10:31

    It was clear to me for years that the Tories were running on voodoo economics and by hiding the details of their excessive spending habits. It is painfully obvious that they know only how to spend to make themselves look good....and get re-elected. There has never been a long-term strategy in most areas, despite all of the high-sounding rhetoric, but people simply wanted to believe it was great because they told us so. Sure, with all of the extra revenue, how could it not look good? However, a wise and competent administration would have and should be looking to build for the future by paying sown debt and building basic infrastructure. Way to much money is being wasted to prop up the civil service, money that will need to be injected year after year, unless they plan to lay off some of the extra staff hired on since Danny took power. We continue to lose population, yet the provincial bureaucracy keeps expanding, especially on Confederation Hill. This government is only interested in its mega-projects and doing it all behind closed doors. Too bad we don't have recall legislation!

  • tbaird
    January 26, 2012 - 08:55

    This government can't handle public scrutiny. Come out and join a protest today at noon at the Confederation Building to "Open the House"!

  • Puzzled
    January 26, 2012 - 08:45

    ??? If as the heading suggests the policy does not exist, the how could the Departments be holding it back?

  • Graham
    January 26, 2012 - 08:37

    Perhaps thats the 5 billion set aside for Danny Land...Come clean Premier Dunderdale..Try being open honest and transparent for a change. I do realise that may be hard since you were a big part of the Williams administration. Try anyway you just might like it.

  • Don II
    January 26, 2012 - 08:32

    The Acting Auditor General has done an excellent and well documented job of exposing the incompetence and culture of secrecy which borders on cover up inside the Government of Newfoundland. I commend Mr. Loveys for his courage. I suspect that he will not now become the permanent Auditor General due to Government retribution because he has spoken truth to power. Does Premier Dunderdale know what is going on inside her own Government? Does Premier Dunderdale know who is really running the show? Does Premier Dunderdale agree with the culture of secrecy inside of her Government? Will Premier Dunderdale now move to reform the way Government works in Newfoundland and Labrador? I am impressed with the depth of the Acting Auditor Generals inquiries but the investigations do not go deep enough. It appears that a lot of questionable activity or misappropriation was missed in this audit report. Cabinet deliberation is just a convenient excuse for a corrupt or incompetent Government to cover up its misdeeds and wastage of public funds. What is really going on with respect to the proposed Muskrat Falls project? What is really going on with respect to the offshore oil industry? What is it that the Government of Newfoundland does not want the Auditor General and the public to know? There are many examples of questionable Government actions that have gone undetected, uninvestigated and unreported. Was inquiry undertaken by the Auditor General into the circumstances which allowed hundreds of acres of land owned by the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corp. to be acquired by former Premier Danny Williams for a mega development project near St. John's and Mount Pearl? Was inquiry undertaken by the Auditor General to determine why millions of public dollars was spent to promote Cupids as the site of the Cupers Cove Plantation and to expropriate or purchase private land for the archaeological dig site despite the fact that the Government has evidence which proves that Cupids is not the site of the original Cupers Cove Plantation? Was inquiry undertaken by the Auditor General to determine why the Town of Cupids been allowed to take control of a public beach and operate an unlicensed and unapproved public Marina on Crown land? What other Government dereliction, malfeasance or incompetence has been undetected by the Auditor Generals Department because of a lack of cooperation from the Government in supplying information and access to documents? Mr. Loveys should be immediately appointed as the permanent Auditor General and the Auditor General Act should be immediately amended to allow the Auditor General and his staff to interview parties involved and to access and review every document, briefing note, minutes of meetings,Cabinet deliberations and all other information pertaining to every operation in every department of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. It appears that something is seriously amiss here and must be investigated thoroughly. The people have a right to know everything that their Government is up to without delay.

  • Randy
    January 26, 2012 - 08:04

    Dunderdale and Marshall's attitude is,what we taxpayers don't know won't hurt us, They need to be given the boot next election,so we can see the full extent of this wastefull government. I want to see a full audit of Nalcor,so i can see where our oil money has disappeared

  • sickening
    January 26, 2012 - 08:01

    Would somebody remind me of one beneficial thing that this Govt. has done, talk about being in over your head. Making no wonder Kathy does not want the house open, she would never be able to verbally defend the actions (or lack there of) of this Government. Anybody who is surprised by this must of voted for this regime simply because of Danny Williams. Well O'Danny boy is gone managing hockey and dreaming of Dander. And really, he would only spit and jump up and down at the AG.

  • Charles
    January 26, 2012 - 06:50

    This is nothing yet,wait until we see the final results of Mushrat falls.