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  • yip, it's a duck
    October 18, 2012 - 11:43

    there are not enough workers in Alberta to run the oil sands. what do the oil companies do? they go find the workers and pay what is needed to get the workers to travel to Alberta and work in the oil sands. if the oil sands were located in Newfoundland the Newfoundland government would look for a way to move it out of the province so as to allow the oil companies to do the job using cheaper labour.

  • William Daniels
    October 17, 2012 - 18:21

    If it walks like a duck. Pure givaway.

    • Willie Dan
      October 18, 2012 - 08:21

      Even if was the goose that laid golden eggs, some people will still claim it's a 'pure givaway'.

  • Old Salt
    October 17, 2012 - 12:26

    The module, promised by signed agreement, is now gone. We get $150 million in lieu. For me, the comedy in that is- a) how quickly the premier had priorized projects and allocated that money for expenditure and. b) the vast number of projects it will cover off. The other chuckle I got from that announcement was watching both Dunderdale and Jerome Kennedy justify the trade-off. Jerome has that special little mannerism of looking back at the premier (in this case) as if to ask..."Am I doing OK"? In actual fact, I think the announcement of the wonderful things they would do with the $150M was to redirect attention AWAY from having accepted the trade-off in the first place. If, in fact, the premier can do all the projects that she promised with that $150M, then I suggest that she let all provincial revenues pass through that Oil Company's books so that it receive the miraculous blessing for ultimate acheivement. We would get sooo much more value for every dollar.

  • hawthorne
    October 17, 2012 - 08:49

    Bravo Peter. Common sense overview of the facts. Actually, if the module was built here, with demonstrable schedule delays, the reality is the module would have cost three times as much as the $150M and we'd be out millions in Roylties. Building it elsewhere, within budget and on schedule is in the best interest of all concerned. Sometimes some of us are greedy and grandstand for the sake of politics.

    • a business man
      October 17, 2012 - 09:07

      Exactly. The best interests of the majority of taxpayers is served by avoiding local workers. The company's interest too, and that is why they agreed to PAY $150 MILLION to avoid newfoundland's workers. Frankly, I do not blame them.

  • Frank M
    October 17, 2012 - 08:47

    You ommitted OCI exporting 75% of its quota at Fortune for some jobs. We have always been that way. Glib PR by former or current Premiers will not change that fact. We lack the sophistication to play in the big leagues. By example, since a settlement has been reached with Exxon to build the Hebron module elsewhere, why must the Province wait nearly 5 years for the cheque? The deed is done, the settlement agreed to and Exxon has the deep pockets to pay it today without even noticing. It is because the contract states any settlement would not be awarded until the module would have been near completion. Outfoxed by big corportae lawyers. We are a Have province, we have a settlement cheque for $150 million but do not lose sight of the fact we have the highest unemployment rate in Canada.

    • Christopher Chafe
      October 17, 2012 - 12:53

      Frank M, while I do agree with you in principle with what you are saying I have to disagree with what you are implying in the last sentence of your post. The "givewaways" are not the main reason why we have such a high unemployment rate. Our attitude is the main reason why we have so many people not working.