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Cheers: to interesting interpretations. Here’s Government House Leader Jerome Kennedy, talking about the passage of changes to the province’s access-to-information laws: "Although there has been a lot of criticism of the Bill 29 and a lot of criticism of the procedure, I think this is a situation where democracy worked.” The government heeded not one single concern about the legislation, accepted not one single amendment of the legislation, invoked closure to limit debate on the legislation, had no committee examine the legislation in any way and ensured the changes got passed in just four days without a single change to what was originally introduced. So, here’s a question: what does democracy look like when it doesn’t work?


Cheers: to comparisons. While this province’s government talks about the need to be “competitive” with its industrial electrical rates, it’s good to see what the competition is likely to offer: in British Columbia, provincial go-ahead was just given for a new, $217-million run-of-river 70 megawatt hydroelectric project at McLymont Creek — a project that will require a new transmission line just 10 kilometres long. Estimated cost per kilowatt hour? Less than three cents. Muskrat Falls: 7.6 cents per kWh at the dam, without delivery costs. Total cost at delivery on the Avalon, some 1,100 kilometres of new power lines away? About 21 cents per kWh. Anyone want to look at their crystal ball and guess what kind of “competitive” price new iron ore ventures in Labrador will actually end up paying? And, since the province just amended access to information legislation to, in their own words, “add a new provision which would protect a wider scope of business information from disclosure,” will we ever even know?


Jeers: to still-lengthy wait times. Parents of autistic children are facing wait times of as long as two years before they can see occupational therapists — and the therapists they can get to see have huge numbers of clients. Caseloads are building, and while the government says it’s doing its best to recruit new therapists, there’s no way anyone would see a two-year wait list as acceptable.


Jeers: to political twits. If there’s one thing that the recent filibuster in the House of Assembly has shown for certain, it’s that overtired politicians should not have their hands on the wheel of a Twitter account. Anyone who thinks that the latest round of grade school name-calling and abuse reflects well on any of the province’s politicians should have their heads examined — it really puts the “petty” in petty politics. Maybe the honourable members should think twice — or three times — about what they are saying before they let their fingers do the talking.

Organizations: Government House

Geographic location: British Columbia, Labrador

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  • Keith
    June 19, 2012 - 09:38

    David, You should be nice and limber now after all that stretching.

  • David
    June 18, 2012 - 12:16

    Bill 29 is simply one leg of the whole Muskrat Falls deceit. Appointees to the Nalcor Board announced last week is equally astonishing...all pathetic incompetents with no significant business experience of any kind who will obediently toe the government line. And with the new Secrecy Act to keep everything under wraps, the Great Newfie Swindle is on track and on schedule.

  • David
    June 18, 2012 - 11:58

    Kennedy thinks that deomocracy worked....which leaves no doubt about this government's knowledge of what democracy is and how it works.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    June 18, 2012 - 10:57

    I think the 21 cents is based on Nalcor's 'take or pay' contract --- which means our grandchildren will pay 20 times more per KWh than if the real costs of Muskrat Falls were paid off the way the Upper Churchill was. That is why Upper Churchill power now costs only 2/10th of a cent, while our children and grandchildren will NEVER get to benefit from cheap Muskrat Falls power ---- it never will be cheap (only less than cost early on, to be paid for dearly in later decades by our children and grandchildren).

  • The Opposition Parties need to clearly explain the downfalls of Bill Twenty-nine to the electorate of Newfoundland and Labrador.
    June 18, 2012 - 10:27

    The Opposition, both parties, should work together on educating the electorate on the secrecy that Bill 29 will enable in our province and how it will impact on the people, especially with regard to their resource development and who will be the benefactors OF the developments. It will not be the province of Newfoundland and Labrador who will benefit, it will be the people in power and other areas of the country and the world that will build the economies. From this day forward the Opposition, both parties should access all lines of communication, the newspaper, radio, and television media over the next month or so to build up the momentum and then call for a RALLY to nip the deceit contained in that Bill in the bud.

  • Keith
    June 18, 2012 - 10:12

    Actually, John Smith raises an interesting point. Reform of ATIPPA was in the PCs most recent campaign platform AND the throne speech. They gave us fair warning that this could happen and we voted them in with an overwhelming majority anyway. That doesn't excuse the contempt for democracy displayed by the PCs this week, but it does demonstrate that the electorate is partly to blame. We didn't pay enough attention and now things are happening that we don't like. Next time maybe watch a little more closely, folks.

    • David
      June 18, 2012 - 16:02

      Yup. Interesting point, and great in theory. Problem is that this is Newfoundland. Here, we just jumped at the chance to marry the sister of the 'supermodel' (uuurrrrppp..) who just dumped us, even though we didn't know anything about her or her hillbilly druggie friends. Turns out she doesn't have the first clue about being a wife, but it will still cost us a fortune to eventually divorce her. We'll do that someday....after some night at the bar, have way too much to drink, and we find our next '3am supermodel'.

  • Chantal
    June 18, 2012 - 08:36

    So in other words, we should shut up, the opposition parties should go home and let Dunderdale and Harper have a free hand to do whatever they want. Will you be singing the same song when we have an NDP government in a few years? You don't really get democracy, do you, Johnny.

  • John Smith
    June 18, 2012 - 07:52

    You see...the way democracy works is we elect a group of people into office, then they make decisions. If we don't like the decisions in 3 years we vote them out. If I was a betting person, and if Lorraine and Dwight are the competition, I would say the PCs have nothing to worry about.

  • Those Politicians who keep their lips buttoned do so in their own best interest. That way they get to develop our natural resources in a manner where, they and their corporate friends are the benefactors of the people's resources.
    June 18, 2012 - 07:50

    Those Politicians who keep their lips buttoned do so in their own best interest. That way they get to develop our/Newfoundland and Labrador's natural resources in a manner where, they and their corporate friends are the benefactors of the resources development, while the people of Newfoundland and Labrador are left economy less and jobless, all the while with the onerous burden of having to pay off gargantuan mortgages on resource development like the upcoming Muskrat Falls Project over an unconscionable time frame of 57 years. We have been shackled with the Upper Churchill Project for more than 40 years now, with another 30 years left before that Project falls back into the hands of Newfoundland and Labrador. We have to bring our Politicians and their Bureaucrats to Justice for committing fraud on the development of the people's natural resource base in the future, and we should also go back to past resource development and point out where our politicians were less than stiller, and even charge them with fraud, too if our Justice Department can go back that far.

  • Jackson
    June 18, 2012 - 07:15

    Kennedy went into politics following accusations he made at the Hughes Inquiry. The judge buttoned Kennedy's lip real good. Kennedy had to know his goose was cooked as far presenting a case at trial. The Law Society went a giant step further and called Kennedy on the mat to show proof of his allegations. Kennedy backed down like a scolded puppy. His name and reputation is muck in a court room. His troubles are now ours as we're stuck with spoiled S.O.B.

  • Wiiliam Daniels
    June 18, 2012 - 07:11

    Kennedy has taken a page out of Penashue's play book. Hand us horse manure and tell us it's flowers. How he even said that statement with a straight face is beyond me.