The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cabinet documents and deliberations #nlpoli

One of the big changes Bill 29 made to the province’s access to information law was to give a list of documents that could not be released under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act because they were cabinet documents. Before then, the law in Newfoundland and Labrador, like the similar laws in ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ministerial Whimsy #nlpoli

Ever wonder why the provincial government passes laws and then never puts them into force? Like the Sustainable Development Act that the Conservatives pushed through the House in 2007 and then abandoned. Or the Court Security Act they passed in 2004, ignored for six years, then brought back with a couple of minor changes to ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Fluidity #nlpoli

As a rule,  cabinet ministers should be able to tell you exactly what government policy is on any given subject.  They all sit at the same table and they each have an obligation to support the policy they collectively decide. When two ministers say starkly different things, then, you can understand that people tend to ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: No planning and priorities: Conservative cabinet committees – 2013 #nlpoli

There’s one little gem in James McLeod’s pile of censored orders in council that isn’t censored. It dates from January 2013 and gives the current list of cabinet committees. There’s the economic policy committee:There’s the social policy committee:There’s the treasury board:And there’s the routine matters committee:Charlene Johnson and Tom Hedderson also sit on that routine ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Polls, Politicians and Messages #nlpoli

Cabinet is where the real political power sits in a parliamentary democracy. Ministers have enormous power both individually and collectively. Only the first minister – the prime minister or premier – gets to decide who sits at the cabinet table. That’s a power first ministers are always careful to preserve because it is the ultimate ...