Cheers & Jeers

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Jeers:  to not taking one for the team. There’s a long-standing tradition that if you’re the captain of the ship and mistakes are made, you’re the one who falls on your sword. During last week’s debate on a tax increase on tobacco, Liberal Jim Bennett noticed a typo in the title of the bill, a small issue at the best of times.

Somebody misspelled revenue as “Reveune.” It was the sort of thing that Government House Leader Darin King could have simply brushed off. Instead, he scrambled to put the blame firmly on government staff. “I appreciate the member pointing out the spelling error. Unfortunately, it has been busy days, and staff sometimes in rushing to get their work — because this work is done by staff, of course, not by politicians here. On behalf of the staff who did the work, I thank the member for pointing out the error. Government would gladly consent to ask staff to correct the spelling there, and ask them that in future make sure they double check before we circulate to opposition. Thank you for pointing out the error that staff made on that.” A telling comment, for sure.

Jeers:  to repetition. Here’s a news release from Thursday: “The Honourable Tom Marshall, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, will make a health care announcement tomorrow at the Donor Wall, 1st Floor, Western Regional Memorial Hospital, Corner Brook. The event will take place at 10 a.m. Premier Marshall will be joined by the Honourable Paul Davis, Minister of Health and Community Services, Vaughn Granter, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Community Services and MHA for Humber West, and representatives from Western Health.” The announcement? “To support the planning and programming required to deliver radiation services at the new Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook, a contract has been awarded to Altus Planning Inc.” The travelling ministerial roadshow continues, with still no shovels in the ground but now 21 news releases over the past seven years.

Jeers:  to quick decisions. So, Thursday, the Marshall government turned tail on a piece of Tory-created legislation and brought in a brand-new labour relations amendment called “An Act To Amend An Act To Amend The Labour Relations Act.” The legislation wasn’t on the table a week ago, and was pushed through the House of Assembly in a single day. The kicker? The legislation that’s being brought in is to change another piece of legislation that was meant to cancel out a third piece of legislation that was passed by the House but never proclaimed — in other words, a fix of a fix for a problem that only exists in the land of the theoretical, because the original act was not proclaimed. So why get bent about the sudden rush? Well, perhaps because the last time the government pushed something through in a single day, we accidentally bought a paper mill and its massive contamination issues. The saying is “a stitch in time saves nine.”

Organizations: Western Regional Memorial Hospital, Community Services, Altus Planning

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Humber West

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Recent comments

  • Edwin Charles
    June 11, 2014 - 11:40

    Darren King should keep his mouth shut and let people think he is an idiot, instead of opening it and confirming the suspicion.Uttered statements give a look into the mind.

  • keith kent
    June 10, 2014 - 09:47

    The Telegram must surely have emptied it's anti-Government bucket when it resorts to making an issue of such an innocuous statement as the one made by Mr. King. Little wonder so many people are cancelling subscriptions.

  • anna
    June 09, 2014 - 18:35

    Imagine Darin King the Government House Leader and that will explain the state this govenment is in. What an idiot, he couldn't even apologize for the mistake without blaming it on his staff. He should never be compared to a Captain as he just doesn't have the class to be one.