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  • BR
    September 13, 2013 - 00:56

    This is what I call arrogance. I guess the bigger the lie, they more he expects us to believe it.

  • Mike
    September 12, 2013 - 19:33

    I am glad to see the tory staffers all flocking to support O'Brien, I guess they forgot that the tories suspended the annual bonus program. This WAS NOT a tory event. It was a community event. O'Brien had no business determining who was on the volunteer list. This is nothing short of tory bullying. The truth is, O'Brien wanted everyone attending seeing him as the only politician present. His motivations are obvious to everyone, his comments are as disingenuous as every comment that comes from this gov't when they justify indefensible actions.

  • Brian
    September 12, 2013 - 19:08

    What a fool,"He wanted to take the politics out of the event". This person is a minister, no wonder the P.C. party is down so much in the polls . He made it political . Give The premier a hug goodbye and don't get your tail caught in the door.

  • Eli
    September 12, 2013 - 15:41

    Kevin merely exposed himself as the two-bit punk he really is.

  • Jack
    September 12, 2013 - 14:57

    Gander is not Kevin O'Brien's fiefdom!

  • Don II
    September 12, 2013 - 14:36

    Hello Editor, just a short note to say that your new format is a big improvement. However, I have sent several comments which were not published. I know that I am usually critical of Government and politics which seems to offend some folks for some reason! Is there any problem with my comments beside upsetting some local politicians? Also, Je regrette, Je ne parlez pas la langue Francais, je suis Anglaise! Is there any reason why the new format is in French and contains words such as 'Haut de page" and "Repondre"? Is this site being monitored in St. John's or in Montreal or Quebec City? I think I am typing in the correct format numbers, here goes. Thanks.

  • Jamie B
    September 12, 2013 - 12:01

    So just to be clear, the Chamber of Commerce invited Lukas and George but Kevin's reasoning is that "the Town of Gander and the Chamber of Commerce have worked very hard in recent years to depoliticize the Festival of Flight and the community breakfast"... Un huh. Sure by Kev.

  • JUST SAYING
    September 12, 2013 - 10:11

    But, did he not serve breakfast. What was the difference here? Because they are NDP or because they are not PC? Every time O'Brien opens his mouth he proves what an idiot he is.

  • JUST SAYING
    September 12, 2013 - 10:10

    But, did he not serve breakfast. What was the difference here? Because they are NDP or because they are not PC? Every time O'Brien opens his mouth he proves what an idiot he is.

  • Owen Taylor
    September 12, 2013 - 09:13

    And he still served....this man is missing a few nuts and bolt...if he thinks we will believe his prime motivation was to perserve the non political policy of the Chamber.

  • Don II
    September 12, 2013 - 08:33

    It appears that Minister O'Brien, by his own admission, acted on hearsay information such as: " When I was informed that other political parties were trying to make the community breakfast a political platform...." It appears that Minister O'Brien does not recognize the right of other political Parties to send Party representatives by invitation from the organizers of community events and the right of those private organizations to invite whomever they choose. The Minister's explanation of his involvement in the decision making process of the Chamber of Commerce just confirms that his actions were improper and unethical. It appears that the Minister simply wanted to impose his own personal opinions and partisan political preferences on a private organization. This incident is a prime example of how politics and Government really operates behind the scenes and closed doors in Newfoundland and Labrador. This kind of unethical and improper political activity should not be tolerated by the public. Premier Dunderdale should inform Minister O'Brien that this is the kind of back room political interference that will cost him his Cabinet post!

  • Rev. Stefan Jonasson
    September 12, 2013 - 08:25

    A matter of principle? When did political manipulation and bullying become a matter of principle. Does Kevin O’Brien believe that people are too stupid to see through his motives?

  • Ben
    September 12, 2013 - 08:17

    Another example of the NDP trying to take over events. I have seen it a few times this summer. Lots to do about nothing! And Rod...lots of arrogance going around.

    • Wild Rose
      September 12, 2013 - 10:02

      Your right Ben. They are trying to take over things. They're arrogant and think the world belongs to them. And Lorraine Michaels is always trying to make an issue of everything instead of letting the goverment get on with the job.

  • Sam
    September 12, 2013 - 08:14

    Do we have nothing else to cover in the news than who serves breakfast? I know in several occassions this summer where the NDP MHA's have showed up at events and expect to speak. Alot of these functions are private and should not be politicized! I don't see O'Brien as being any worse than the two NDPers who are trying to make a story out of this.

  • Sam
    September 12, 2013 - 08:11

    Do we have nothing else to cover in the news than who serves breakfast? I know in several occassions this summer where the NDP MHA's have showed up at events and expect to speak. Alot of these functions are private and should not be politicized! I don't see O'Brien as being any worse than the two NDPers who are trying to make a story out of this.

  • Rod Lyver
    September 12, 2013 - 07:52

    Another fine example of the arrogance of this government.

  • Wally Layman
    September 12, 2013 - 07:47

    If Minister O'Brien really wanted to take politics out of the Festival of Flight then he should not have been serving breakfast either, the last time I checked he was a minister in this current government and if I am not mistaking that makes him a politician.

  • Wild Roseq
    September 12, 2013 - 07:41

    Hes perfectlly in his rights to deny these socialists from this event. They only want to give my taxdollars to the so called poor and enviromentallists.

    • Jack
      September 12, 2013 - 08:52

      Wild Roseq, you obviously don't understand the concept of human rights. Under our provincial and federal human rights laws, you have no right to discriminate against certain individuals due to their political affiliations. In fact, in the early 2000's, Nova Scotia's Justice System paid a big price for such discrimination when well known Halifax based lawyer, Archie Kaiser, was denied an appointment as Judge or other Arbitrator role due to his political affiliations with the NDP. The result was the Nova Scotia Government gave a large settlement to Archie Kaiser paid to a charity of his choice. Just as John Hamm paid a price for political discrimination, so will Kathy Dunderdale and Kevin O'Brien.

    • Kev
      September 12, 2013 - 09:50

      Biggest socialists in NL are the Progressive Conservatives!!!

    • Wild Rose
      September 12, 2013 - 09:58

      You lefties are always gong on about human rights. Thats why we have so much crime and anybody can do what they want. Like demonstrating unions and making a nusance of themselves instead of working for a living like I do.

    • Tim Jamison
      September 13, 2013 - 09:59

      Your reply makes no sense kev. If this place were being run by socialists, we'd still be receiving equilization payments, just like every other province that is not run by a right wing party

  • Mundy
    September 12, 2013 - 07:07

    "Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien said Wednesday that he was just trying to take the politics out" Sure, Kevin, Sure !!! And pigs can fly.

  • Jack
    September 12, 2013 - 06:54

    Total nonsense coming out of Kevin O'Brien's mouth. Just because George Murphy and Lucas Norman have ties to the NDP doesn't mean they are politicizing the Gander Chamber of Commerce Community Breakfast. Since O'Brien was allowed to serve breakfast even though he has political ties, but Murphy and Norman were not, I don't believe Kevin O'Brien at all. In other words, just a case of a sour grapes Provincial Cabinet Minister like Kevin O'Brien acting like a poor sport. Secondly, as for the Gander Chamber of Commerce, their careless actions are violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Newfoundland and Labrador's Human Rights laws as political affiliation discrimination is against the law. Therefore, Lucas Norman and George Murphy should file a human rights complaint against Kevin O'Brien and the Gander Chamber of Commerce as punishment for political affiliation discrimination. As for Kevin O'Brien, he should be banished from the House of Assembly, forced to undergo Human Rights Sensitivity Training, and stripped of his cabinet position.

  • Pauline
    September 12, 2013 - 05:37

    Couldn't we say the same thing happen to Charles Murphy, When liberal said no to him. to run for leadership of the party, So if Mr O'Brien have to apologize to the NDPers, Then the liberal owes Mr Murphy and the people of N&L one also