- June 18, 2012 - 11:03
John Smith, you are so right. I am so disappointed in how the media is handling this issue. As for Bob Wakeham, I don't ever expect anything but negativity from his nasty pen. I don't believe the pubic support that the media and the LIBs/NDBs are feigning is real. The turnout at the protest on Saturday is a true indication of those concerned.
- June 18, 2012 - 10:57
The slant the media is putting on this, I would expect to see in the tabloids, but not from The Telegram and CBC.
- Ed. Anstey
- June 17, 2012 - 13:13
john smith must be dunderdale's chief advisor because both of them believes we are all stupid. but we will have the last laugh. you know the rest.
- Ken Collis
- June 17, 2012 - 04:53
Well, JOHN SMITH, even as an avid PC government supporter the best you could come up with is that searches of less than 4 hours are going to be free!!! All that means to me is that the folks that I count on to pass on important information to me, the media, will save money if they want to know how many moose applications were submitted this year because with the new legislation nothing more informative than that will get out in the open. I think that there should be NO restriction on access to information at all. What exactly IS wrong with access to cabinet consultations AFTER the decisions are made? I would really like to know the process, to be honest. And honesty is what is missing in governments these days, as well, I'm not a Liberal or NDP, or PC. I'm one of the guys that pay them.
- Virginia Waters
- June 16, 2012 - 14:21
John Smith likes Bill 29 even though he's only read bits of it. If it's government policy then he has to defend it. Just like being a member of cabinet. But why wouldn't Smith like it? The new rules that allow ministers to decide what the public gets to see kills any chance that someone will ask for a copy of his contract.
- Edward Sawdon
- June 16, 2012 - 11:20
Blunderdale's Regrissive-Conservative Bill-29 legislation will lead I'm sure to her defeat in the next provincial election! Look at her policies since she got elected as Premier in October 2011- One: kept the People's House of Assembly CLOSED for SIX MONTHS after the election!; Refuses a Judicial Inquiry to the Burton Winters Tragedy and the province's and federal governments role in SAR; refuses to meet with Burton Winter's Grandmother; a Have Province Premier willing to borrow BILLIONS for Muskrat Falls while calling for provincial public service and Health service workers cuts; her constant obsession with Muscrat Falls; a Premier who doesn't have the GUTs to stand up to our Country's Prime Minister in light Federal public service cuts in the province ie. DFO, ACOA, SAR, Parks Canada;Food Safety Inspectors and so on and so on and what's worse, even before the provincial election, refusing to support her predecessor's "ABC" campaign and in fact, supporting Mr. Harper's Conservatives in the last Federal election. (Danny Williams was right back in 2008: if Canadians elect a Harper Conservative Majority Government to quote Bachman Turner Overdrive - "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet!" And, on top of all this, bring in Bill 29 which will further restrict the Political Opposition; the Auditor General; the Media and the General Public from further Provincial Public Information which concerns and is paid for by the Taxpayers (Our Money) of this province. I suggest that we Newfoundlanders and Labradorians call for a "ABPC" (Anybody but Progressive-Conservatives) campaignin the next provincial election!
- I Loves Nfld
- June 16, 2012 - 12:39
In our "Do You Support the Conservatives?" survey, we'll mark ya down as undecided.
- John Smith
- June 17, 2012 - 08:34
Wow..blunderdale...did you come up with that all by yourself? What intellect. What insight. You sound like a kid in grade 9...grow up b'y...for God's sake...
- Mark Noel
- June 16, 2012 - 10:44
God knows I'm no fan of Wakeham, but today I am!
- I Loves Nfld
- June 16, 2012 - 10:42
Dunderdale & Co. are bad, BAD people.
- June 16, 2012 - 10:27
There is a certain hubris that goes along with this decision. It's like the government feels that they have a divine right to rule, and that the opposition and media have no right to access the information which will allow them to ask tough questions. The thing they're forgetting is that no matter how much good a government may or may not accomplish, they are not perfect, they are not God, and in a democratic society we as voters need the opposition and the media to perform their roles as well as possible so that the government can be held fully accountable for their decisions, right or wrong. It's so disappointing in this day and age that this point of view is completely lost on the government.
- Doug Long
- June 16, 2012 - 10:09
Bob, you have said it so very well and will some humour included. Congratulations to the Telegram personnel for covering this horrendous story so very well.
- June 16, 2012 - 09:26
The legislation is completely indefensible. In fact, the only defense they offered ---- an alleged need to reduce the current, overwelming number of requests for information ---- was looked into by the CBC and found to be a pathetic, bald faced lie. The legislation can be called the 'Blunder Under Dunder' and fumed about for the next few weeks ...... but it's the absolutely predictable, 100% certain negative consequences of it in the future that actually matter. This province may have just signed its own death warrant.
- John Smith
- June 16, 2012 - 09:17
This has been blown out of proportion by the opposition and the media. The opposition saw this early as a way to mislead the public, and a way to stir up resentment of the governing PCs by the voting public. News organizations, like the Telegram, and the local CBC saw this as a way to punish the PCs for not ever giving them all the access they wanted....which of course is total access. So now we have the opppsition in full spin mode, with the media in lockstep, putting out a message that bill 29 is akin to what they do in north korea and uganda...lol give me a break. If you asked the average person on the street...Have you read bill 29? Do you know of any changes to our access that this bill will now dissallow? They would likely say....HUH? what you talkin' 'bout b'y...would be the answer. I would say to the public, before you get on talking down the premier, and the PCs...you at first should read the bill. I have read parts of it. One thing I like is that they changed the search fees...before any searches 2 hrs and under were free...now under 29 it will be 4 hrs. Opening up more free searches for the public. The media is shamefully spining this to be something it's not, and depending upon public ignorance to get it quashed. Talk about shame...give me a break...
- Cyril Rogers
- June 16, 2012 - 09:12
Shame on you, Mr. Wakeham, and most of the St. John's media, for your dismissive attitude toward any opposition to the Tories prior to the last election. While there were some clowns in the running for opposition parties, it was evident even then that the biggest clowns were already in power. Their lapdog attitude and subservience to the Great Leader had already carried over to the Weak Leader but you folks simply endorsed these clowns anyway, with thge exception of Mr. Wangersky and one or two others. And spare me. please, the media platitudes that "There are no other options!" There always are and, as the last eight months have demonstrated, both provincially and federally, the damage done by tyrants in both arenas, cannot easily be undone!
- June 17, 2012 - 15:49
Cyril my son. When you say "there are no options" look back to the municipal elections in St. John's. Ron Ellsworth or Dennis O'Keefe. Now tell me again there are no options.
- Joseph McGrath
- June 16, 2012 - 08:32
Nice column Bob.The piece of legislation is crap.She is the MHA for Virginia Waters and we never see her in the district or hear about anything she does to help the area get a leg up.Her mindset is all wrapped around her own agenda and promoting herself.Worse premier we ever had and thats saying a lot considerIing her predecessors such as the TOBINATOR.As a YaBut bob ,there is always a YaBut you know,I can never imagine you dishing out some heavy handed moralizing!!!You are to sour for Christ sake.
- June 17, 2012 - 04:48
Great article. This government isn't working!