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  • A. Noseworthy
    November 09, 2010 - 20:06

    Shannon Reardon As it relates to the manner in which Ottawa treated the province of Newfoundland and Labrador as compared to the way it treated the other provinces, there was NO Democracy Practised for our people. The people of our province were dictated to and not treated as equal citizens of Canada. When we survey the footprints of our natural resource base, we find that they were all shipped out to create economies and employment in the other Canadian provinces, what Democracy was practised there? And Shannon Reardon, Premier Williams had nothing to do with any of it.

  • Shannon Reardon
    November 09, 2010 - 16:50

    A. NOSEWORTHY: "...Premier Williams would not have to waste his precious time dealing with those who opposed him because he dared to say 'no more give away' of our natural resource base." Yeah, I mean, that little old thing called DEMOCRACY is a real pest, innit?

  • Mark
    November 09, 2010 - 15:23

    Westcott had re-entered party politics and was therefore fair game. Really? What's the basis for that?

  • baieboy
    November 09, 2010 - 12:47

    Great job of shooting the wounded. Ever think that Westcott moves around because he needs to make a living. Williams cut off govt. advertising to his paper a large source of his revenue. Im a Williams fan but we also need these people Harold Horwood, Ray Guy, Ted Russell etc, to keep out leaders in check.

  • W McLean
    November 09, 2010 - 12:42

    What’s interesting, though, is that few of those who turned this affair back on the premier seemed troubled that the Liberals were poised to plunge deeper into that same cynical muck. = = = The use of that verb tense — "were poised" — would suggest that there were in fact instances, in the intervening time, of plunging deeper (deeper than what?) into cynical muck. What additional cynical muck would that be? For that matter, what was the original cynical muck, the muck that the new plunging is getting deeper into? I fully agree that the depth of the muck-plunging in the past couple of weeks has been extraordinary. Yet few columnists seem troubled by it, which I'm sure is in no way related to the identity of the persons doing the muck-plunging.

  • Peter loves Danny
    November 09, 2010 - 11:10

    Jackson is a Danny cheerleader, clearly. Gutter politics arrived here in 2003, Peter. But, of course, you turn a blind eye to that fact. Williams set the tone for the discourse in this place, where it is petty, personal, and downright degrading. Craig Westcott did not. Why are you, and the Premier, so aggrieved by the same kind of invective that Hisself uses time and again towards adversaries???

  • A. Noseworthy
    November 09, 2010 - 11:05

    Had it being seen to by former Newfoundland and Labrador politicians that the province's well endowed resource base of Fish, Hydroelectricity Energy, Minerals of every type and Oil, which are worth Billions of dollars annually had been utilized to build vibrant economies in our province, instead of other parts of Canada and the World, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador would have been the most self-sufficient province in the country and Premier Williams would not have to waste his precious time dealing with those who opposed him because he dared to say 'no more give away' of our natural resource base. It is unfortunate that every Prime Minister had promised us the moon while campaigning to be PM, and the present one Prime Minister Harper, had spoken of our wonderful natural resources and said that if he got into power as PM he would see that Newfoundland and Labrador's resources would work for it instead of others, but when he assumed the throne of Ottawa things got worse than they were ever before, he reneged on his promise. And besides when Premier Williams asked to speak to the Nation to apprise Canadians of what had transpired in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador over, the 54 years that our province had been part of Canada, at the time our Premier had being elected, the National Media refused to allow him the space in their publications to speak about the subject. Instead they were relentless in bringing him down to the lowest common denominator. Premier Williams has been trying to get our message across to Canadians ever since he came to power and not only has he had to do it over the din of the National Media, but sadly our Local Media joined in as well. For the life of me I can't see why those who would benefit from a good economy in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador would have done that. What our Local Media has done is it has given a royal slap in the face to every Newfoundlander and Labradorian who lives in this province, who wants their province to move forward with jobs, but the constant criticisms of the Premier by the Local Media is wasting his valuable time, time that he could be directing at something more positive. I am wondering if there is some entity outside of this province paying the bills for these people to keep the Premier down. Now that there will be no more give-away of our resource base, it is the other provinces of Canada which will suffer and Ottawa is not too happy about that. Other parts of Canada were so used to getting our great natural resources handed to them on a silver platter for 54 years, without even having to raise an eyebrow, it certainly must have come as a shock to hear a premier from the province of NL saying it had to come to an end. Newfoundlanders and Labradorians never knew what was transpiring in their midst during the time of the give away of our resources, but then why should they as matters had been far too non-transparent and certainly the National Media were not about to alert them of what was going on and neither were the Business Schools in Central Canada who were in on the say.

  • Willi Makit
    November 09, 2010 - 07:50

    ''And now, the current Liberal guard are at risk of following the same path of gutter politics and ad hominem excess.'' Really? Is this speculation based on anything other than Jackson's opinion? When I look for negative statements coming from government in NL, they're only coming from one party, and for the most part, one man. Neither have an affiliation with the opposition. Perhaps Jackson could point out objectively a shred of evidence supporting his musings?