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  • FINTIP
    June 02, 2013 - 15:44

    Once again I cringed as I watched Ms. Dunderdale being interviewed on Friday on the status of the CETA negotiations in Brussels. She repeated her belief that this province was being left out of the loop and that our interests at the table were being jeopardized. In days previous, she revealed that the feds had tried to link the Muskrat guarantee to concessions on minimum processing. Despite bragging that she had slammed the door on that gambit, she went on to say that minimum processing might be negotiated away in any event. Then she made a comment that I found very disconcerting - even alarming. She revealed that she had raised SAR improvements in this province as a quid pro quo for giving up minimum processing. .... No doubt the lavish oak panelled digs of the PMO are a sombre place these days. Ninety thousand dollars worth of Wright-guard couldn't eradicate the stench of Duffster that hangs over Parliament Hill. And so it must have come as a welcome chuckle amidst the senate seige when Dunderdale offered to abandon her perch in exchance for something that was ours to begin with - a lifeline for fishermen that was taken away by Harper in a manner seemingly calculated to make Dunderdale look like a fool for having embraced him publicly on the campaign trail. Harper - sleaze bag that he might be - could be forgiven for patting himself on the back for having had the foresight to gut SAR in this province so as to have something to give back if the need ever presented itself. When you think about it, and when you think about Dunderdale, it really is like taking candy from a baby. .... No doubt Frampton's column was written well before this latest bizarre development. Still, it astonishes me that the media and the opposition have yet to pick up on the implications of accepting, let alone offering, such an odious accommodation. Does principle count for nothing anymore?

    • Pam Frampton
      June 03, 2013 - 14:24

      Yes, my column was written before the latest revelation.

  • Jay
    June 02, 2013 - 14:25

    While I agree that this wasn't necessarily a wise move on Dunderdale's part, calling it a Danny Williams strategy suggests a poor knowledge of the history of this province's premiers, considering that pretty well all of them since Joey Smallwood have used it. For some examples, you might want to read up on Joey's battles with Diefenbaker, Peckford and Trudeau, and Wells on Meech Lake. All of them winning the premier votes, but costing the province in the long term.

  • hammond anson
    June 02, 2013 - 05:57

    don't believe the bs, her handlers are looking for an angle in which blunderdale is seen as a champion of her people and not a Ottawa stooge for harper. nice try, but some of us took communications in school and understand how they are trying to repaint her optics in a much more favorable way.

  • BillyBuy
    June 02, 2013 - 03:00

    Does the author of the story also remember that "Newfie" still has the right to drop out of Confederation, at any time...???? How's that for an Ace in the hole.....???

  • Nite Owl
    June 01, 2013 - 16:25

    Why is it wrong to brag about standing up to Harper but de rigueur for Harper to brag about standing up to Liberals and the NDP? Is it only right when Harper does it?

  • Dave-O
    June 01, 2013 - 12:30

    What is currently holding office in Ottawa is a group of thugs and the reason this caused a buzz across Canada is because what she mention was the cold hard facts. We must all stand together against Canada's greatest internal threat the Harper Gangsters.

  • Eli
    June 01, 2013 - 12:21

    Akin to Williams' "We got it!", "We got it!" His words were barely out of his mouth when the reverberation came back from Ottawa, "you'll pay". But I feel this is all bluster by the premier, something's gone afoul with that excessively flaunted "guaranteed" loan.

  • Corporate Psycho
    June 01, 2013 - 10:26

    The Premier's actions were certainly shades of Penashue. Smacks of desperation.

  • purley
    June 01, 2013 - 09:44

    Every province in canada has an identity, a flavor, that endears them to the entire nation. What would Newfoundland be without it's huge ability: .. to make fun of itself... and others...... ...to stand up for it's own right to interpret how fiscal responsibility and brinkmanship is described ... to "talk plain" to friend and foes alike ... to stand together in every physical and political storm ... to unlock the kitchen door and allow disguised mummers in ....to make Farley Mowat famous ( Book: The Boat That Wouldn't Float) .. to erase the bafflegab barriers that divide levels of citizens ... to create the best Canadian characters " ever "( . John Crosbie, Rex Murphy, Gordon Pinsent, ...the list is endless ) ...to never put starch in it's underwear.. ...to have the biggest smiling face in all of the universe be declared as a "Newfie" So here's a riddle for you: How many "newfies" does it take to get a politician to " tell it like it is" ? Answer: any"one"

    • Jay
      June 03, 2013 - 09:08

      "Newfie" is a derogatory term used to put Newfoundlanders in their place. I certainly don't smile when some idiot shows such disrespect.

  • Geoff Young
    June 01, 2013 - 08:25

    Why anyone is surprised that someone guaranteeing a loan to another would ask for something in return to benefit the country as a whole amazes me.

  • From away
    June 01, 2013 - 08:06

    Why not tell us about the deal itself? What exactly was it? Why was it made? What is behind the Feds negotiating position? The media has a responsibility to society to get to the facts. Instead they continue to focus on the superficial "human element". When will we get a true journalistic reporting?