- Winston Adams
- September 27, 2012 - 09:39
This proves Nflders are too green to burn? This was originally attributed to Morine in the early part of the last century, and who was from Nova Scotia. We elected him a MHA. He was on the payroll of the Reid Nfld railway, getting tens of thousands of dollars while voting on governments issues about the railway contracts. Who cared then, who cares now? But when something gets to a big scandal levels, then we care, but usually too late. The secretcy act got passed with little trouble It helps muzzle the media who are our guardians..And who cares if our MHAs have little oversight on their salary and pensions? I guess numbers count. If the public don't care, then what is wrong with the status quo.Perhaps we should abandon democracy?
- Fred from Brigus
- September 27, 2012 - 06:01
Just because the Compensation Review Committee held a public meeting and for whatever reason nobody showed up dosen"t mean that no periodic review is necessary. Ottawa is presently reviewing and making changes to it's compensation packages which the public has deemed to be too generous. NL should do the right thing as they already what changes are necessary to be made to alleviate the burden on the taxpayers.
- DON II
- September 26, 2012 - 09:01
During a poorly attended public meeting which I went to some years ago I asked a person sitting next to me if he thought the poor turnout was because the people were ignorant and apathetic about the issue being discussed and he told me that he didn't know and didn't care! The politicians and their hacks know that the people don't know, don't want to know and could care less about what goes on inside Confederation Building or about the skullduggery that is planned over a few drinks in somebody's living room as long as it does not directly adversely affect them. The problem is that the hidden inner workings of Government does directly adversely affect them but they don't know it. The prevailing attitude is don't tell me any bad news or I'm alright pal too bad about you. The Government and their hacks just do what they want because nobody is watching and nobody is revealing or reporting on the skullduggery that is going on every day! The political and Government system in Newfoundland and Labrador is so corrupt that if some well connected developer had a few thousand unused cans of purple and yellow paint and wanted to get rid of them by getting a Government contract that the Government could be persuaded to propose legislation that required every house in Newfoundland and Labrador MUST be painted purple with yellow polka dots. To add insult to injury, the opposition parties would vote for passage of that legislation too, no questions asked! That is the way it works. If some well connected or special interest group wants something or wants a contract they just contact the right people on the inside and the deed is done. It appears that the same situation is in the works for the Muskrat Falls project. Somebody is going to get very rich when that done deal gets final official approval!
- W Bagg
- September 26, 2012 - 08:08
Lack of advertising..........................but when the govt wants the public to know something, turn on Open Line, no less than 3 MHA's wil be spinning.
- Was this meeting even advertised?
- September 26, 2012 - 07:51
We should all be lambasted for a week on all the communication media for being so complacent. I wasn't there but I hadn't even heard there was a such a meeting scheduled. I attend most of these events, so was there not enough advertising? It should have been announced on the VOCM Radio Talk shows a few times because there are over a hundred thousand tuned into that medium every day. Will this meeting be rescheduled with a lot of fanfare? I want to attend.
- Dave Lane
- September 26, 2012 - 07:36
Engagement with the public doesn't just mean "holding a meeting." It means promoting it widely and in an appealing way. And you also have to engage people where they are. Go door-to-door. Get online in a meaningful way. We're all reading this article online, aren't we? The ad up top promoting NL as a tourist destination with compelling taglines and images should sometimes be a well-designed ad for our government asking "What do you think? Click here to tell us."