PCs have plenty of blame to spread around

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On Jan. 9, James McLeod had an article titled “PCs plan their approach.”

In that article, the Progressive Conservatives blamed their demise on Kathy Dunderdale, which is far from the truth. The downturn started under Danny Williams. When he was out of the province, Minister Charlene Johnson started a process to drive between 8,000 and 9,000 gravel pit campers and cabin owners off the land, and when he came back Danny wasn’t too happy about it, but the deed was done. It wasn’t too long after that a byelection was called in White Bay North — one of the first districts Danny campaigned in, for Trevor Taylor and was able to win it for the PCs — and it was the first one the PCs lost. From then on it was all downhill.

Every member of the PC party was responsible for its demise. When they won 44 of 48 seats they thought they had the divine right to do as they saw fit and brought in many laws that penalized people; laws that were passed because you all voted for them.

Before you blame any one person, look in the mirror. The voters are smarter than you think.


Capt. Wilfred Bartlett, retired

Green Bay South


Organizations: Progressive Conservatives

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  • Paul
    January 17, 2016 - 09:22

    This letter by " Capt Wilfred Bartlett" is only trying to justify his ability to pick a winning horse...

  • Michael Jack's Son
    January 16, 2016 - 01:44

    Jim Prentice said the same thing!

  • Ron
    January 15, 2016 - 17:53

    Cleaning up those cesspools along the sides of the roads was one of the few things that the PC's did that made any sense. They were voted out because they were incompetent right from the first day that they got elected and all four premiers acted like dictators and spent money like there was no tomorrow. The past pc government over the past ten years was the worst and most incompetent government that ever existed in any democracy anywhere. Some of their decisions such as the expropriation of the mill in Grand Falls , bill 29 , the HRV giveaway , the ABC campaign and the Rat project were outright stupid and could not happen anywhere but here. We have yet to see the total effect of these colossal blunders as they will still cost us billions in years to come. The Liberals are proving to be just as inept by continuing with such follies as the Rat project which will by itself cause heartache and pain for tens of thousands of our people for decades to come.

  • wtf
    January 15, 2016 - 14:14

    Sure skipper, it was the evicting of squatters that started the ball rolling against the PCs. Give your head a shake man.

  • Umm No
    January 15, 2016 - 13:49

    The blame is with the people. We have a $2B deficit because nobody wants to do what's hard and shut down the extremely expensive outports. Having a population spread around thousands of communities that wouldn't be viable without the government is the problem. It's a luxury.

    • david
      January 15, 2016 - 14:46

      Another delusional SJ elitist, blaming non-Avalon NL.....which never even saw two nickels of Danny's orgy of spending. This entire problem was hatched and raised in Town, pal. Give your head a shake.

    • Kev
      January 16, 2016 - 20:03

      The most expensive outport is St. John's. That is where Danny Williams blew Billions of dollars expanding the size of government and inflating the public sector. It artificially propped up the housing and construction markets on the northeast Avalon. What a coincidence that Danny spent so much time before and after his time in office working on his suburban sprawl project. Good thing he put all his holdings into blind trust while he was premier though I suppose.

    • LBI2010
      January 16, 2016 - 23:07

      I beg to differ, the people of the outport of Little Bay Islands have been going through the process of Community Relocation for nearly three years, five if you count from the date we first invited them to come and speak to the community, without any success. We have now been through 3 or 4 Premiers since the process began, it has taken years for Municipal Affairs to vet the residents and conduct a vote of the 95 full time residents (although how they found 95 voters puzzles us all). 85 people voted in favour of relocation, 10 against. Government is still unable to make a decision or to complete the process. The ferry sails back and forth three times a day in the winter and five times a day in the summer, often with nobody on it. The diesel plant runs non stop giving the homes their subsidized hydro, the school is heated and all the lights on for 2 students, government pays for the road to the ferry to be cleared, the municipal grants to run the town of 30 households continue because government can't make the hard decision that 89.47% is close enough to the 90% to do it. Only a government official would be that stunned to not understand that you can't split a vote and you go to the first whole number which is 85 votes. Government would save 3,000,000.00 the first year and about 17,000,000 every year after. This is not unpopular with the people of this outport or the general population and still government is unable to make a decision. The blame is not on the people it is on the government that doesn't know how to get a job done. We voted this government in to do a job, just do it!!

  • Alfie
    January 15, 2016 - 12:57

    Well christer; if I got to agree with this liberal; tory; liberal; tory; back to now again a liberal loving dwight ball fellow from Green Bay South; Dear God yes; this was the beginning of the end for PC party; every camper and garvel pit trailer and shack cabin owner in StAnthony and whole area that was drove out of da woods voted for 1 term wonder whats is face Dean something or another I agree whole heartedly ; wilf is right but then again even a stopped watch is right twice a day

  • david
    January 15, 2016 - 11:06

    In the oil royalty deals, Danny Williams made a huge bet on oil with our money, foolishly trading higher royalty rates for equity....and lost miserably. But he's long gone, now schlepping real estate out on the barren moonscape of the Avalon. But the PC party is still around. Its reward should be to be out there with their exalted prophet, and away from power. Forever.

  • BS
    January 15, 2016 - 08:45

    Absolutely, Capt. Bartlett, but the pc mirrors are designed to reflect only what the pc's want to see, and it's been like that ever since day one when they formed government.

  • Charles Murphy
    January 15, 2016 - 06:52

    Can we put the blame game's on the back burners. and focus on solutions to our problems?

  • Kd
    January 15, 2016 - 06:10

    Mr bartlett i agree but now the liberals are governing and they seem to be lost its their job now to fix the problems that was their promise during the election campaign blaming the pcs is not the way to go even though they created most of the problems we have today