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  • Will Cole
    April 13, 2013 - 10:25

    I only caught part of that Dunderdale lecture on VOCM... I tend to tune that individual out whenever I'm subjected to to the chronically exasperated tone that permeates her dialogues. However, if Dunderdale did indeed pose asinine, childish, foolishness such as "Do you want the public service to offer a job for life, regardless of what the circumstances are … or do you want the most effective use of your money?” that's another clear indication of the lamentable dearth of leadership exhibited by this individual... from the Burton Winters saga, to the Bill 29 Official Secrets Act, and now to the utter lack of wisdom and foresight demonstrated by allowing the public finances of a petro-province to implode to such a degree that it resulted in this sledgehammer approach to cuts throughout the provincial public service. A lamentable dearth of leadership indeed.

  • Cyril Rogers
    April 13, 2013 - 10:11

    No matter how you slice it....they messed up in a big way with the severity of the cuts to Justice, a decision that reflects the poor administrative capabilites of the entire government and all those who sit around the Cabinet table. Sure, it is okay to spin it in such a way that they are saying, Well, at us...there was a problem and we fixed it." The fact is: they created the problem to begin with, by a lack of in-depth consultation but, more than anything....a knee jerk reaction to a fiscal deficit. On that note: Was it a real crisis or not? How do you reduce the number from 1.5 billion down to .5 billion, almost overnight. Poor planning, poor analysis, political spin....all of the above. The machinations of this poorly-functioning Cabinet are frightening .......and to think they are managing a project like Muskrat Falls, in collaboration with a corporate entity whose performance record is coming under increasing scrutiny every day, should raise all kinds of red flags. In summary, this is a brutally inept administration that is slowly but surely frittering away our future.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    April 13, 2013 - 09:04

    To state the obvious --- if government could not get the planning right for the justice department (involving a few people and a few million dollars), what confidence should people put into government's claim that its multi-billion dollar Muskrat Falls project is needed, affordable and a sound, viable "investment"? Government touts a return of $20 billion over 50 years (while arguing that it has no intention of raising TAXES to deal with the deficit). IN FACT, Muskrat Fall IS A MASSIVE (hidden) TAX GRAB .....Those $20 billion in revenues are from ratepayers. The revenues come from ourselves and go into the coffers of Nalcor and government (a TAX by any other name). It must be paid because government passed special legislation to make sure ratepayers pay their electricity TAX BILL. ----- Deceptive? Needed? Affordable? A sound 'investment'?---- YOU DECIDE (operating and debt service payments are $14.5 BILLION alone over 50 years --- on average about $300 million per year, EVERY YEAR for 50 years)? --- Then add another $400 million per year so that Nalcor and government can have their $20 billion in taxes (revenue) and you have ratepayers forced to pay $700 million PER YEAR, EVERY YEAR (while Holyrood costs about $100 million per year)...... Sound investment? Keep in mind that demand will be going down (not up) after about 2020, so rates will have to increase even further in order to pay for Muskrat. It's time for people to wake up to what is going on here and to protect the interests and the future of their children (who are the one's who will pay for this useless monstrosity).

  • STephen Redgrave
    STephen Redgrave
    April 13, 2013 - 07:33

    For whatever convoluted reason I have more respect for anyone who steps up to the plate and admits they made a mistake. Idealy, sound financial forecasting is the way we'd like to have our government run and for some jurisdictions that is the reality. Our reality is a little bit different. We have to work with the people we have and do the best we can to keep them in line. Never before has is been so obvious that our government is screaming for public input and needs our help making the hard decisions. Is it because they lack something?....yes!!! experience. We have , by all standards a very young crew running this province. As they say, youth is wasted on the young and the young are going to make mistakes. It's up to all of us to help them along. As we've seen, decisions are not "final" and subject to change. Newfoundland needs a full time philosophical,well respected historian on staff to consult with every department on a regular basis. This method is centuries old and can predict bloodshed or peace with amazing accuracy. Well written article Pam !