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Looks like Bill Barry has brought out Danny Williams’ sookiness again.

Questioning decisions made by him of the thin skin will do that, especially if it relates to his holy grail, Nalcor.

According to Danny’s quote in The Telegram (“Danny pummels Barry on PC leadership,” Feb. 11), Barry sent out “a note or email or something” regarding privatization which suggests that, being unaware of the medium, Danny likely didn’t read it and then shot from the hip, as is his wont.

It seems to me that it is quite reasonable for Barry to promote other means of electrical production than Nalcor.

Nova Scotia encouraged this in that province from the beginning.

Here, we brought in legislation to make it illegal.

If Nova Scotia can obtain other than Muskrat Falls power at competitive prices, it is assumed they will use this in their bargaining with Nalcor for cheaper prices based on the “current market price” clause of the Nalcor/Emera agreement.

That Barry was suggesting this for Newfoundland and Labrador’s electrical consumers only makes sense.

Williams had more confidence in Barry’s business acumen a while back.

Did his government not circumvent the community-led process in Harbour Breton to attract an operator for the shuttered FPI plant there by giving it to Barry instead for a dollar?

Barry, then owning the plant, sublet it to another processor.

Barry’s business skills are unassailable.

If he is to be successful in his political quest, he is going to have to learn the art of spin-doctoring and obfuscation.

This may not come naturally to him.

He just got his first lesson from on high.

Tom Hawco

St. John’s

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Harbour Breton

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  • Stunningly Shocking governance!
    February 20, 2014 - 15:34

    The "Mighty" might have fallen in gGrace with the electorate but the Tens and Hundreds of Millions they have made of the electorate of Newfoundland and Labrador's natural resources is no doubt still in their bank accounts growing by the hour. In the meantime they are impatiently awaiting the Muskrat Falls production date of hydro-electric energy and it being paid for by the hydro consumers of Newfoundland and Labrador. What kind of government leaders would repeatedly subject their electorate to such abuse?

  • We have to take a stand against the corrupt ways we have been governed in the provinc in the past. We want honest governanceAND NOTHING LESS!
    February 20, 2014 - 09:48

    We need only honest and honorable men and women running for politics in our province now and in the future to represent Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. We don't want those who are only too willing to spin doctor and are corrupt minded. We want people who are there for the electorate of our province and we don't want politicians who only desire to create vibrant economies for themselves and other outside interests, we demand complete honesty. If Bill Barry has those attributes, I will not mind having Bill Barry. Besides the Auditor General needs to audit the corruption that is already spiraling out of control around us AND who is going to place that order for that audit?

  • observer
    February 20, 2014 - 09:30

    Danny's money talks but his behaviour was always childlike. He got it to work a lot as premier and he knew how to silence our members , people were fooled by him but his real self shows now. Take care of Dannyville ( Galway ) now Danny.

  • Angus
    February 20, 2014 - 08:47

    What is needed is a consumers coop to run the infrastructure and distribution of power. The production of power could be released to the marketplace with businesses and entrepreneurs building further dams and other generating sources. The customer could then pick based on reliability, environmental or price factors.

  • Guy Incognito
    February 20, 2014 - 07:43

    When Danny was premier his bully act was amusing.......not anymore. Now it's just predictable and embarassing. How the mighty have fallen.