Jeers: to the parties we‚Äôve all missed. Too bad more people weren‚Äôt able to take in the Seafood Expo North America in Boston this year ‚ÄĒ the bills are in for the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture‚Äôs seafood industry reception, and the event resulted in a $27,666.65 bill from the Boston Back Bay Hilton. But that wasn‚Äôt for the food ‚ÄĒ that‚Äôs only the hotel‚Äôs bill for the event. The government pointed out in a news release the event would ‚Äúfeature a wide variety of seafood products donated by Newfoundland and Labrador seafood companies. ‚Ä¶ The provincial government expects to host more than 400 industry representatives ‚Ä¶ ‚ÄĚ
Cheers: to a nice little sendoff with back-patting all around. The provincial government issues a statement congratulating itself on passing legislation ‚ÄĒ new Liberal Paul Lane's response? ‚ÄúIt seems to me that this is more about government patting itself on the back. If that is what it is about then I will pat myself on the back, I will pat my colleague on the back, I will pat the member for St. John‚Äôs East on the back, and the member for Bay of Islands on the back because we all passed this unanimously.‚ÄĚ Now that all the back-patting‚Äôs over and done with, there‚Äôs this final note from the Speaker of the House on Thursday: ‚ÄúI understand from the government House leader that we are closing for the traditional Easter recess and will be back on May 5. Enjoy your Easter break, everyone, and we will see you on May 5.‚ÄĚ In for 20 days, off for the next 18. Boy, must their arms be tired.
Cheers: to questions. So, now that the Tory leadership campaign has turned from exciting plod to a July 5th coronation (Tory-nation? It‚Äôs becoming a political tradition now), when does the clock start ticking on the next provincial election? After all, the House of Assembly Act says ‚ÄúWhere the leader of the political party that forms the government resigns his or her position as leader and as premier of the province before the end of the third year following the most recent general election, the person who is elected by the party to replace him or her as the leader of the party and who is sworn in as the premier of the province by the lieutenant-governor shall, not later than 12 months afterward, provide advice to the lieutenant-governor that the House of Assembly be dissolved and a general election be held.‚ÄĚ And if Coleman, the last candidate standing, doesn‚Äôt get sworn in for a few months, what happens to Premier Tom Marshall? Does the party just keep trundling along with the current agenda, passing legislation as it sees fit?