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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Leaders and salaries #nlpoli

Donald Trump says he won’t even take one dollar in salary as president.

Sounds familiar.

In Newfoundland and Labrador,  Proto-Trump said the same thing.  His fan club insist the Greatest One never took a penny of salary.

That was, at best, a fib. (Read more…)

Danny Williams collected every penny of his salary as member of . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Leaders and salaries #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Reverse Midas Touch Rides Again #nlpoli

The crowd running this place these days has an unrivalled ability to look at a problem and find the worst possible response imaginable.

On Wednesday,  natural resource minister Siobhan Coady and environment minister Perry Trimper announced that the government would tell Nalcor to keep flooding the Muskrat Falls reservoir but at the same time, they . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Reverse Midas Touch Rides Again #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The truth about Danny Williams, Hydro-Quebec, and the Lower Churchill #nlpoli

Danny Williams promised he would never cut a deal on the Lower Churchill with Hydro-Quebec unless it included redress for the 1969 contract.But as Kathy Dunderdale revealed in 2009,  Williams spent five years secretly trying to sell the Lower Chur… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The truth about Danny Williams, Hydro-Quebec, and the Lower Churchill #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Thank you, Danny Williams #nlpoli

Rob Strong has been a key player in the local oil and gas industry pretty much since the earliest days.  He knows what he is talking about.Strong pointed out to VOCM on Wednesday that the Hebron field won’t be the cash cow for the provincial gov… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Thank you, Danny Williams #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Selling energy assets a good thing: Danny Williams #nlpoli

  “It was a previous Liberal government that wanted to actually privatize Hydro. This particular government wants to strengthen Hydro, wants to make it a very valuable corporation: a corporation that will ultimately pay significant dividends ba… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Selling energy assets a good thing: Danny Williams #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Real change #nlpoli

“A positive, optimistic, hopeful vision of public life isn’t a naive dream,”  Justin Trudeau told Canadians after he won a truly historic victory in the October 19th federal general election.  That victory, said Trudeau,  “is what positive politic can do.”

“We beat fear with hope, we beat cynicism with hard work. We beat negative, . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Real change #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The ABCs of ABC #nlpoli

 

In 2004, Danny Williams fought for three months against a federal government decision that had been settled – at least for the federal government – earlier in the year as part of the usual budget cycle.

Williams got the money the federal government had allocated but won the domestic war for public opinion.

. . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The ABCs of ABC #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Hyping the stock, yet again #nlpoli

Any oil company seriously interested in bidding on an exploration license offshore Newfoundland and Labrador isn’t likely to need the hyped presentation by the provincial government Thursday.

Exploring offshore is expensive.

Always has been.

Always will be.

Exploring beyond the 200 mile exclusive economic zone, in upwards of two kilometres of water, just makes . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Hyping the stock, yet again #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Chainsaw Earle keeps austerity on the table #nlpoli

NDP leader Earle McCurdy called the province’s major open line show on Thursday and by the sounds of things he hasn’t backed off the position that the size of the government’s financial problems will mean more cuts.

Sure he said he was opposed to austerity,  but what Earle did say was that the government will . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Chainsaw Earle keeps austerity on the table #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Moral victory: saying yes to less #nlpoli

A couple of years after his war with one prime minister, Danny Williams was locked in another war with another federal first minister.

Williams was demanding compensation for yet another supposed injustice. 

“What I said before and I said going in, this is about principles,”  Williams told reporters in November 2007 “but it’s also . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Moral victory: saying yes to less #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: John Crosbie and the Last Crusade #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Every story told thus far about Ches Crosbie and the riding in Avalon has the unmistakeable odour of bullshit about it.

The latest twist, namely that Senator David Wells was scuttling a potential rival as The Biggest Conservative in Newfoundland and Labrador, is a bit more in the realm of plausible but it still doesn’t . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: John Crosbie and the Last Crusade #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: No equity? No surprise. #nlpoli

It didn’t take long for Paul Davis to get the comparison he was looking for last week.

The Telegram – not surprisingly – offered it up in the editorial on June 17:

“Premier Paul Davis pulled a Danny Williams Tuesday,”  the editorialist wrote.

Davis told the annual NOIA oil and gas industry conference that a . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: No equity? No surprise. #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Experience and government #nlpoli

In the 1980s, local entrepreneur Craig Dobbin bought a batch of helicopter service companies across Canada and merged them with his own company  – Sealand – to form Canadian Helicopters. 

By the time Dobbin died in 2006,  CHC was one of the largest providers of helicopter support services in the world.

Not just . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Experience and government #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Federal Boogeyman #nlpoli

The Liberals kept poking at Premier Paul Davis in the House of Assembly on Tuesday about the European free trade deal announced last year.

Specifically, Liberal leader Dwight Ball asked Davis for the second day in a row about a joint federal-provincial fund under the deal that would see the federal government spend $280 million . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Federal Boogeyman #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Myths, then and now #nlpoli

You really do have to wonder how anyone could be expected to keep things straight when the people they rely on to help them understand keep changing their statements.

Take, for example,  the fight between the provincial Conservative administration in Newfoundland and Labrador a decade ago over offshore oil royalties and Equalization. 

(Read . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Myths, then and now #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Ego-mentary #nlpoli

Danny Williams’ hockey team tried a little marketing ploy this week.  They sent out a bulletin to news media disguised as a news release. 

They claimed the hockey team was locked in some kind of record breaking attempt with a crowd of mainlander for the most sold-out games.  While everything was going well, apparently, . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Ego-mentary #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: No-brainer #nlpoli

Perhaps it is just Danny Williams’ ingratitude that pisses people off.

The multi-millionaire hockey team owner just got a massive subsidy from the taxpayers of St. John’s so that he won’t suffer any lost revenue.  It should be a no-brainer for the guy to say thanks to the people who have made him wealthy for . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: No-brainer #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Everything has a price #nlpoli

Danny Williams famously once said that at some point,  “principle converts to cash.”

When his old friend Tom Marshall named a court house after Williams,  the former Premier said this to reporters about his emotions: "I can’t put a price on it."

He may not be able to convert his emotions to cash at this . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Everything has a price #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nothing was further from the truth #nlpoli

A decade ago,  the offshore regulatory board reduced its estimate of the recoverable reserves in the Terra Nova field from 405 million barrels  to 354 million barrels.

Danny Williams was trying to squeeze additional transfer payments out of the federal government in the guise of getting provincial oil royalties that the federal government supposedly took . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nothing was further from the truth #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Premier Mulligan #nlpoli

The news on Monday was not Frank Coleman’s announcement.

The news was in the reaction of provincial Conservatives to word that Coleman wouldn’t be Premier after all.

They skipped past the obligatory expressions of concern over Coleman’s unspecified family problem and quickly went on to talk up the chances the party now had to hold . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Premier Mulligan #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: And then things went horribly wronger… #nlpoli

John Crosbie, the elder statesmen of Conservatives in the province took a shot at Danny Williams for his continued interference in the internal affairs of the provincial Conservatives.

Danny blew a gasket and willingly gave interviews to every media outlet in town, thereby guaranteeing that the story that can only do even more damage to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: And then things went horribly wronger… #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: John, Danny, and voter apathy #nlpoli

Every now and again,  someone will talk about voter apathy. 

Last week,  Steve Kent was circulating the link to an article that claimed that youth engagement – getting young people more involved in the community and in politics – was a way of getting more people to vote at election time.

That’s what voter . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: John, Danny, and voter apathy #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ripples #nlpoli

The provincial Conservatives lost a crucial by-election in Virginia Waters on Wednesday, but not for lack of effort.  The could not possible have pulled out any more stops to try and win the seat in the last two weeks of the campaign.

Even on polling day the Conservatives mounted a prodigious effort and the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ripples #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Insiders #nlpoli

The story of the 2014 provincial Conservative Party leadership contest is a study in politics on its most basic level.

It is a story of those with influence and of those who have less of it or none at all.

It is a story of how politics actually works inside the Conservative Party, instead of . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Insiders #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Corporate Welfare Bum-wipe #nlpoli

People who supported the December 2008 expropriation bill had a very hard time on Monday justifying the mess they created in which taxpayers of the province are now responsible for hundreds of millions in environmental clean-up.

One of the more common explanations is that the people of the province would have wound up in the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Corporate Welfare Bum-wipe #nlpoli