26 public meetings.More than 1,000 people showed up for them.More than 28,000 people used the government website that the folks at the Office of Steve Kent call an app to make it sound more impressive to the punters.Another 700 ideas arrived by email, … . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Office of Steve Kent
This year it is Charlene Johnson’s turn to host a series of meetings across the province that the provincial Conservatives cynically tout as a way for people to have some input into the provincial budget.
It’s cynical because – as the Conservatives know – the major budget decisions are already made before the finance minister . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Budget consultations and other political insanity #nlpoli
If you accept the provincial government’s version of things, spending a half a billion dollars more than you are collecting is a responsible decision.
That’s the headline the government’s communications people put on the news release covering the release of the fall budget update.
And if you look at either the Telegram or the CBC . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Could be right. Could be wrong. #nlpoli
Seems that finance minister Jerome Kennedy isn’t the only fellow out there conducting the annual budget “consultation” farce this year.
According to the Southern Gazette, justice minister Darin King “acknowledged, as part of a small cabinet committee appointed by Premier Kathy Dunderdale to bring budget recommendations back to government, he was asked to split the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: “Doom and gloom” #nlpoli
Right after Ross Reid’s new job, Jerome Kennedy’s trip back to the finance ministry was the second most overblown story of the past week or so.
Most seem to think Kennedy is headed back to finance in order to tackle the public sector unions as part of the upcoming budget. That gives a bit too . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Annual Mixed-Message Season #nlpoli