- Maggy Carter
- April 15, 2013 - 09:51
Thanks Jay. No, I am under no illusions regarding Ms. Jones. I was pointing to the irony of the prospect that, at some point, Dunderdale could be dealing with a federal minister with whom she has had a bitter relationship in the legislature. A further irony is that Jones is guilty of the same charge being levelled at Penashue - that he was willing to damage the interests of the province as a whole in order to get something for his own riding. Ms. Jones - people might remember - was violently opposed to Muskrat Falls until November last year when she offered to do a flip-flop in exchange for some benefits for her own constituency. Never mind that it could bankrupt the province as long as she got a few trinkets for her own. There are some exceptions, but politics at all levels in this province consists generally of a different drove of pigs taking turns at the trough.
- April 14, 2013 - 10:00
maggy, reading the article and your opinion and comment,reminds us!!!! of a title, ordinary WORK,extroaordinary GRACE????
- April 13, 2013 - 16:23
She'll win, but Heaven forbid that we ever see Yvonne Jones as our Federal Minister. You must have been hiding under a huge rock if you haven't seen her for what she is.
- Maggy Carter
- April 13, 2013 - 09:14
Yes, but what I don't understand is Dunderdale's comment that she didn't know what funding Penashue was talking about. Surely it doesn't take a Sherlock Holmes to deduce what federal funding it was for an Island project that was only approved after the province agreed to more highway funding for Labrador. And surely federal officials, on Penashue's behalf, made it clear to their provincial counterparts why the funding was being held up - otherwise it defeats the purpose of holding the province to ransom in the first place (Ransom 101 - you have to send a ransom note). The reality is that it is not unusual for governments at either level to play funding hardball in order to get something they want for their own riding - or indeed a fellow cabinet minister's riding. The province has often gone along with things it didn't want, or at least not badly, to get something it did want. It's called negotiating. But of course no politician has ever been foolish enough or desperate enough - until now - to make such gamesmanship public. Penashue's plunge into divide-and-conquer tactics may win him a few votes but it is unlikely to alter the final outcome. It is very likely that in the very near future, Dunderdale will be back to dealing with Peter MacKay (a man whose antipathy toward Newfoundland is palpable) as Newfoundland's - and Labrador's - representative in the federal cabinet. But that might not last long. Within a couple of years, we will no doubt see Minister Yvonne Jones dealing with a new non-PC government in St. John's.