- Government Protected
- December 13, 2012 - 08:27
What gives government members immunity? if these actions were taken in the corporate world, those responsible would be held accountable...even if it takes years later in the courts; see the Hickman Group and Myles Leger law suits as recent examples. But, contamination in this province has been ongoing for years by various industries, corporate entities and foreign nations, with little or no recourse to the polluter; NL & Labrador have been used as a dumping ground for generations at our taxpayers' expense.
- Scott Free
- December 13, 2012 - 07:39
The Danny Damage Era will plague our province for generations to come; for all it's monumental boondoggles and Dunderblasts, the death of democracy will be our biggest downfall.
- Corporate Psycho
- December 12, 2012 - 21:17
One or two occasions? The history books will not remember Mr. Williams fondly. Lest we forget. It all comes out in the wash.
- December 12, 2012 - 11:41
Danny Williams was a malignant cancer to Newfoundland. He screwed up everything he decided to touch, including the Abitibi mess, federal government relations, general political accountability, this now-unstoppable Muskrat Falls debacle, and the former perception of Newfoundlanders as a generous, kind-hearted people. We won't come to that conclusion in our lifetimes ---- far too many mindless minions still around for that to happen ---- but history will.
- mr. scrooge
- December 12, 2012 - 09:05
taxpayers are on the hook for the cleanup, not some useless overpayed polticians who made fools out of the taxpayers in the first place. anyone with a brain knew that expropriating resources from a company in bankrupcy protection was bad news. when danny said jump, the puppets said how high, including the liberals and ndp. WHEN WILL THEY DO THE DECENT THING AND RESIGN, AND OPOLIGIZE TO THE PEOPLE OF CENTRAL ?
- Ed Hollett
- December 12, 2012 - 07:59
Had the provincial government not been seizing hydro-electric assets solely for the benefit of Nalcor, had it not further engaged in an abusive process subsequent to the discovery that it had expropriated the mill contrary to its own scheme ...in other words had the provincial government been acting to protect the public interest in the environment purely and simply, then the provincial government would not have had the problem in the SCC case it did. You claim Danny made a mistake in this case because he missed "the fact that civil, national and international judiciaries would almost single-mindedly see the province’s action as anything other than protecting the people’s interests." That was a huge mistake in this. You nailed it. Williams pushed this and no one challenged him or tried to stop him even though there were enormous, obvious problems with the government's scheme from the outset. What's missing from your comment is the observation that this expropriation and the government's subsequent actions WERE anything but about protecting the people's interest. The courts haven't missed it. Seven of the nine wise souls on the SCC couldn't mistake it. What's truly amazing is how many people in this province were blind to the obvious. What's even more amazing is how many of them are still blind to the obvious after four years and a ton of information we didn't have in 2008.
- Cold Future
- December 12, 2012 - 07:20
The expropriation was a major blunder and ill conceived. The only expropriation required was to cover the water, mineral, forests and lands rights. The mill and sites were a disaster still with the company and the province would still be a creditor but for the blunder. The hydro plants were just as well left with the bankruptsy. The only purchasers for the electricity were the government and Nf Light and Power. The money paid double to the unions will never be recovered.The cost of go it alone and the fighting newfoundlander is high and the taxpayer bears the brunt every time.
- Maurice E. Adams
- December 12, 2012 - 07:10
And with that kind of track record, we are about to take on billions in Muskrat Falls debt and thereby put the very ownership and/or control of the Muskrat Falls Generation Falls Facility, the Labrador (Churchill) Transmission Link, and the Labrador Island Link at risk?