Jeers: to being on the clock. Bay Roberts has a wonderful-looking tourist chalet on the Veteran’s Memorial Highway above the town. It’s clean and new, with a paved parking lot and washrooms. Lovely spot indeed, complete with a highway sign that says that it’s open until January. Well, kind of. The facility is a Monday to Friday operation. Apparently, we don’t have tourists in this province on the weekend.
Jeers: to not sealing the deal. When you’re promoting the fact that you haven’t been able to sign a deal in two years, you’re scraping the bottom of the promotional barrel. Here’s Premier Kathy Dunderdale on the sealing industry during her China trip: “The premier and members of the Newfoundland and Labrador delegation met yesterday with Mr. Zhang Xinsheng, president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, to discuss the ecological and sustainable use of seals on the East Coast of Canada and to garner support for the implementation of the Canada-China Edible Seal Products Agreement which was announced in 2011 but has not yet been signed.” Be sure to call us again … if anything actually happens.
Jeers: to strange bedfellows. And while we’re on the topic of Dunderdale’s China trip, this will make you stop and think. Here’s Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall: “Our discussions with petroleum companies will include Nalcor representatives and will focus on the potential for Chinese investment in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore, particularly new frontier basins. … With Hebei and other mining representatives, we will speak about the tremendous potential in investing in mining resources in Newfoundland and Labrador.” In any election campaign, have the Tories ever raised the idea of this province becoming partners with expanding Chinese international businesses like the Chinese National Offshore Oil Company and the Sinopec Group or Hebei Iron and Steel? Isn’t that a discussion we might want to have before heading east with hat in hand? After all, even the uber-business-friendly federal Conservatives are more and more wary about letting nationalized
Chinese businesses gobble up stakes in Canadian resource industries.
Jeers: to proceeding at all costs. Buried deep
in a news release on the environmental review of the Maritime Link and the cross-island transmission line for Muskrat Falls are a couple of lines about the cabinet giving the go-ahead for the projects under Section 19 of the Endangered Species Act — which reads “19. (1) The minister may, with the approval of the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, issue
a permit to a person to engage in an activity affecting a designated species, the residence of a specimen of a designated species or critical or recovery habitat, where, in the opinion of the minister, (a) the impact on the designated species is incidental to the carrying out of an activity that is economically beneficial to the province; (b) there is no reasonable alternative; and (c) the activity will not prevent the recovery or survival of the designated species.” Economics first: what fun.