- October 20, 2013 - 14:22
That China mission smells more like an outhouse everyday. She continues to fiddle while her cabinet burns.
- Maggy Carter
- October 19, 2013 - 23:05
It might be a while before we get the full story on the China, but there's no doubt it was the trigger for Kennedy's departure. Was it strictly a personality clash or something more serious - like a major policy rift on Muskrat? If the latter, Kennedy will want to let that be known sooner than later - in effect, to put distance between himself and one of the worst disasters ever to befall this province. But it's not only China that doesn't compute - Dunderdale's explanation for leaving the trade mission in Brazil before it got started is equally bizarre. She knew Harper was headed for Brussels to put the final touches on CETA - it was his carefully planned strategy for escaping the opening day in the House and the inevitable grilling on Duffygate. On Friday her ministers held a press conference in an effort to pick up some badly needed political points on the heels of Harper's announcement. So why the urgency for her to return and what - other than political gain - justifies the waste of the taxpayer money? One thing Dunderdale did say is that she likes to keep things close to the chest. Well ain't that the truth. Her now infamous Bill 29 is the embodiment of that penchant for secrecy. It has been the hallmark of her administration - and no doubt it will herald its downfall.
- October 19, 2013 - 18:01
Why isn't the telegram posting comments on the recent story about Dunderdale's expensive trip to China that cost the taxpayers of NL a small fortune?
- October 19, 2013 - 15:46
The biggest pile of hogwash, that ever came out of anyone mouth. I see the Pcs got the same policy as the Liberal. Dishonest. Try been truthful for a change.
- October 19, 2013 - 14:52
Hhahhahahha why is this news? Who cares
- Who cares
- October 19, 2013 - 12:07
Why is this China situation such a big deal to people? Jerome Kennedy is a private citizen now, leave him alone and let's try to stick to what is truly important in this province instead of chasing drama like a bunch of children.
- Political Watcher
- October 19, 2013 - 10:34
"There’s no great big story hiding in China,” she said. Correct me if I am wrong but wasn't that the same reply she provided when she was first asked about members of her Government padding public opinion polls? We later found out that Kent and Lane and others were having their cronies and themselves vote continiously.
- Don II
- October 19, 2013 - 09:31
An excellent story by The Telegram. Premier Dunderdale is quoted as saying: "Did we run out of patience with one another?" Is that political double speak for: "Yes, we had another big racket about how we are running the Province and he took off."? Political double speak has become a refined art in Newfoundland and Labrador mostly because the media and the opposition do not have the resources or the time to do the research, find the sources, obtain the facts and ask well documented confrontational questions of politicians. Accordingly, the politicians can rely on double speak to brush off any inquiries and allow the issue to die. The public interest and ethical governance demands that politicians in Newfoundland and Labrador tell us the truth, something which is apparently a foreign concept to most of them. Another case in point that illustrates political double speak and political manipulation of history is the reference in The Telegram story regarding Premier Dunderdale "...visiting the battlefield of Beaumont Hamel,..." The description of Beaumont Hamel as a "battlefield" is a well publicized and widely accepted myth and distortion of historical fact. The site at Beaumont Hamel is really a killing ground or the site of an ambush style massacre and is not the site of any "battle". The Newfoundland Regiment was massacred at Beaumont Hamel! There was no "battle" in the sense that anyone would understand it's definition. How many German soldiers were killed or wounded by gunfire from the Newfoundland Regiment in that famous "battle" of Beaumont Hamel? Does anyone know the answer to that question? If the facts had been reported instead of the Government propaganda, the historical account would have accurately referred to Beaumont Hamel for what it really was.....an ambush style massacre into which the poorly led soldiers of the Newfoundland Regiment were ordered to charge into on that tragic day of July 1,1916! It appears that political double speak and political manipulation of historical fact has been in operation by the Government of Newfoundland for a very long time. It appears that a blatant lie or a myth, if repeated often enough and left unchallenged, becomes the accepted truth.