- December 22, 2012 - 11:23
I think the local media here needs a new player who's not afraid to step on toes to get stories. Why have we not seen one report on who all this Muskrat $ will make rich? ...and the expense of most of us! Flicking through the channels you see in depth, undercover, money trail following,scam exposing, news reports from other provinces on a daily basis. Here friday on CBC, it seemed 25% of the news was spent on self-congratulatory turkey drive coverage. It seems kid gloves are used too often when it comes too local news. Maybe the solution is bringing in news people/producers from out of province with no local ties.Maybe then we'll get news instead of snooze.
- December 22, 2012 - 10:09
What goes unspoken in all this is the roots in the now-common "lottery mentality" of Newfoundlanders. What supporters and the government are actually expecting...not hoping ---- expecting!...is that the great escalation of electricity prices that occurred under Joey's watch, a once-ever-in-history combination of sharp inflation and energy valuations, is going to happen, this time for Newfoundland's benefit. This "thinking", for lack of a better word, is pure fantasy, It has no foundation in facts, or statisitcal trends. or predictable reality. It is the latest, biggest manifestation of political childishness, egotism, arrogance and a genetic predispostion to financial failure. It is who we are. Let the flag waving begin in earnest.
- December 22, 2012 - 10:00
...."It might turn out to be a financial bonanza for Newfoundland and it could be the answer to electrical needs for this place forever and It might turn out to be a financial bonanza for Newfoundland and it could be the answer to electrical needs for this place forever and a day. Or it could be a financial disaster. We still don’t know.".... Newfoundland governments have a long, unbroken history of arrogance-based failures ,and Hibernia oil money has super-charged that trait. This government has shown it's track record for complete incompetence in much less complex things, in fact everything it has ever touched. It cuts its teeth on arrogance, deception, self-interest and more arrogance. Theatrics and bluster before competence and effort, faux nationalism instead of analysis. If you can be duped into thinking of this multi-billion folly as being a sort of "random" exercise, and therefore simply praying for a 'head' instead of a 'tail', then you really do deserve this government, in all it's glorious, ruinous idiocy.
- December 22, 2012 - 09:48
Excellent article Bob. I think that slowly but surely more and more people are starting to see this government for the absolute farce it really is.
- December 22, 2012 - 09:41
How proud will we be when the cost increases another 3 to 5 billion nalcor is laughing
- John Smith
- December 22, 2012 - 10:51
...but why would Nalcor be laughing....Nalcor employees have nothing to gain, or lose from this project...they are just civil servants...who go to work under PC governments, Liberla governments, and (god forbid), even NDP governments. They will earn the same pay, do the same jobs as they have for the past 5-10-20 years. Nalcor is owned 100% by the people of NL, and it is us who will decide it's fate. They are not laughing at us...they are us...
- Cyril Rogers
- December 22, 2012 - 09:24
Mr. Wakeham, thanks for giving that scam the dignity it deserves. It is more to our shame that we have to witness such extravagance just to continue to reassure the PC government that they are doing the right thing. They are not and they know it so my question will continue to be...why? What drives them to complete this lunacy, given the compelling evidence to the contrary. The insane cost of the project, the lack of markets, the hostage-like negotiating stance imposed by the federal government, the province's being totally responsible for cost overruns, and so forth. It all flies in the face of rational decision-making....so what is driving it? It will cost us ten billion upfront and more than double that amount by the time it is paid off.....50 years down the road....all for a measly 500-600 MW of power.
- John Smith
- December 22, 2012 - 08:26
The people of NL elected the PCs by a landslide victory...they elected the PCs who were led by Ms. Dunderdale, and ran on a platform with muskrat falls as the centerpiece. The people of NL did not elect the NDP, or the Liberals by a huge margin...they elected the PCs by a huge margin. There have now been four polls in a row that show the majority support the project, and there has been no alternative put forward, by anyone, that makes sense, economicly, or otherwise. The celebration at the confederation Bldg, was for those of us who support the project, who support the governemnt, and understand that the biggest project ever undertaken by the province deserves a little pomp. It was not for Cabot Martin, or Jim Morgan, or Bern Coffee...it was for the people of NL...who voted in the PCs by a huge magin, and gave them a mandate to carry on with the vision they have for this province.
- A proud Newfoundlander
- December 22, 2012 - 07:21
From watching the Premiers speech on Muskrat Falls, I did get the feeling that you would be a traitor if you were not on board. For myself too much secrecy as well as little detail and a project the taxpayers will surely be on the hook for. This well may be the most expensive project that will burden our children until they are in their senior years. A Merry Christmas to all