The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The development of our country #nlpoli

Today, the development of Churchill Falls is popularly perceived as a failure.  Newfoundland is portrayed as the victim of a shrewd and untrustworthy lot in Quebec.  They hoodwinked Joe Smallwood,  the Liberal premier of Newfoundland at the time, and have continued to steal from Newfoundlanders through the patently unfair 1969 power contract. The Churchill Falls ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Price of Revanchism #nlpoli

Churchill Falls occupies a unique place in Newfoundland and Labrador’s political culture. Most of what people believe about Churchill Falls is just sheer nonsense.  Made up.  Never true. Completely ludicrous.  But accepted as fact and unshakeable truth all the same.  And that’s where things get weird. People use all that foolishness nonsense to make decisions ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Price of Revanchism #nlpoli

Churchill Falls occupies a unique place in Newfoundland and Labrador’s political culture. Most of what people believe about Churchill Falls is just sheer nonsense.  Made up.  Never true. Completely ludicrous.  But accepted as fact and unshakeable truth all the same.  And that’s where things get weird. People use all that foolishness nonsense to make decisions ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Revelation: Labrador hydro edition #nlpoli #cdnpoli

“I wonder how I would feel if a province or a region in another province prevented Hydro-Québec from building its transmission line. I would feel exactly like the people in the West do now. I understand them.”   Quebec City mayor Regis Lebeaume had a revelation. Great. Let’s have a chat about another transmission line, ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Horse farts #nlpoli

If you do nothing else in the next few days,  take the time to read the decision issued Friday (see below) by a Quebec superior court judge in a case brought by the provincial government against Hydro-Quebec. Judge Joel Silcoff does one thing supremely well:  he summarises about 40 years of dealings between Hydro-Quebec and ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Hydro-Quebec to get Muskrat Falls electricity #nlpoli

Under a complex arrangement, Nalcor will send electricity from Muskrat Falls to Quebec in place of electricity from Churchill Falls during some months of the year.  Nalcor hasn’t disclosed any other details of the arrangement. It appears Nalcor’s Muskrat Falls company will swap the electricity  – possibly free of charge – with its affiliate Churchill ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: How to make bad decisions #nlpoli

Premier Kathy Dunderdale sounded genuinely exasperated last week when she chatted at length with Open Line show host Randy Simms about Muskrat Falls. “Why,” she asked, “would a government want to develop a project that is not in the best interest of the province?” No government would, of course. No government ever has. Not the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nova Scotia would get Churchill Falls power for free #nlpoli

If you’ve been following the ongoing Muskrat Falls saga, you will recall that energy analyst Tom Adams raised some questions a couple of months ago about whether or not Muskrat Falls could actually produce the power Nalcor and the provincial government claimed. The problem basically came down to this:  January through to March is when ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Others, a.k.a the Ghost and Mrs. Dunderdale #nlpoli

Regardless of any change in the cost of other forms of energy,… we will have stability in this province that few parts of the world could depend on with the same reliability. Did Premier Kathy Dunderdale say that? During the provincial election last fall, she told The Scope that Muskrat Falls is: …i the way ...