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Jeers: to light workloads. Well, the House of Assembly is closed again, after a gruelling 23 whole days of work and exactly five pieces of legislation. Four of the five were budget-related, one was essentially eight words long, another, just nine. Looks a lot like critical amounts of overwork on the go. So, what are we to take from the surprisingly light legislative agenda? Is it that everything that needs to be done, has been done? Or is it that this government has simply run out of steam? After all, government members spent more time praising their own government than anything else this session. Here are a few suggestions for the next House opening, in case the administration is running short: how about repealing the especially repressive parts of changes to access to information legislation? How about delivering the long-promised whistleblower protection legislation? How about legislation to require government to provide regular financial updates on projects where taxpayers face large risks, like Muskrat Falls or the province's share of the Hebron project? Surely there must be work to be done - if there isn't, why not shrink the province's cabinet and reduce the number of MHAs?

Cheers: to closing the House of Assembly. One thing's for sure - this was one of the House's more bilious sessions. It sported bogus points of order on everything from Facebook groups and the use of the word "ayatollah." Here's Government House Leader Darin King on the opposition using that word during debate on the last day of the House: "ayatollah would reference violence, an individual who was connected with mass murder and death." Um - no. An ayatollah, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is "a religious leader among Shiite Muslims - (it is) used as a title of respect especially for one who is not an imam." What would King have to say about the word "Pope"? Sometimes even someone with a PhD has things to learn. And, while we're talking about decorum in the happy House, here's a special note to Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy. For the next session, please double your daily dose of Bile-be-Gone. Clearly, the single dose isn't working. You sound downright poisonous in there.

Cheers: to creative genius. "Do They Know it's Christmas"? Step aside. "We are the World"? Amateur. Make way for one of the most brilliant celebrity charity songs ever - and it's all local. In anticipation of its upcoming telethon, the Janeway Children's Hospital joined forces with local musicians and actor Jonny Harris to produce an amazing video called "Please whatever your name is." The lyrics are by children from Bishop Feild and Beachy Cove Elementary schools, sung by the likes of The Once, Tim Baker, Meg Warren, Jerry Stamp, Steve Maloney, Amelia Curran and Sean Panting. Jody Richardson and Grant King also lent a hand. Check it out here: http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=mLQymQC0BYk.

Organizations: Government House, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Janeway Children's Hospital

Geographic location: Hebron

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  • Corporate Psycho
    May 21, 2013 - 20:30

    Kennedy and King have become a serious embarrassment.

  • Jon Smith
    May 21, 2013 - 14:19

    Excerpt from the government release "Minister King also noted that while the opposition parties are now complaining about the length of this sitting, there was no representation made to the government to keep the House of Assembly open." It's not the governments fault the session is short- the sissy opposition did not complain hard enough. How's a government to know what its supposed to do without direction from the opposition??????

  • Calvin
    May 21, 2013 - 13:59

    Jeers: To The Telegram for posting the closing of the House as a cheer and a jeer. Do you guys not even have an editor anymore? "We can't believe the House was only open for 23 days, what an outrage, lazy bums!!" "But they were doing such a terrible job that we're glad it is closed!!!" Doesn't even make sense, gonna have to stop reading this tripe.

    • skipper
      May 21, 2013 - 14:30

      I had to leave NFLD to find work and raise my family but i had to work more than 23 days a couple of times a year.Heck you think they were hadr done by.Calvin lazy bums is a good discreption.

  • House of useless
    May 21, 2013 - 09:41

    The government passed bill 29 and two others for nalcor. What else or why would they need to pass any other legislation! Make no wonder we get old dribble and nonsense from the Pc's, they don't have to answer questions now. If the dept of public engagement was created to replace bill 29, it as been a total failure. There's no wonder why darnit king gets on the way he does. They aren't accountable and never have been it seems.