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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 . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cabinet documents and deliberations #nlpoli

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

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Sex and the cabinet #nlpoli

If all the speculation about a cabinet shuffle in the near future turns out to be true, it will be interesting to see if Premier Kathy Dunderdale breaks the fundamentally sexist nature of her current cabinet.

Kathy Dunderdale is justifiably proud of being the first woman premier in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history.  The fact that . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Sex and the cabinet #nlpoli

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 . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Polls, Politicians and Messages #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Some NL cabinet ministers bill taxpayers for work commuting #nlpoli

Almost half the money (46%) spent on ministerial travel by the municipal affairs department between December 2010 and November 2011 went to cover travel by minister Kevin O’Brien from his home in Gander  to St. John’s for cabinet meetings and other government business.

O’Brien billed taxpayers for about $77,188 in travel and related expenses during . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Some NL cabinet ministers bill taxpayers for work commuting #nlpoli

Thomas Mulcair “A Leader” Ad Makes It’s Debut

Fresh off Easter break the NDP has released it’s newest ad, presenting the leader of the Opposition Thomas Mulcair to English speaking Canadians. The video is sharp, and a noticible return to the ads of old for the NDP where people talk about the person for whom the ad is representative before the person talked . . . → Read More: Thomas Mulcair “A Leader” Ad Makes It’s Debut