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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: What’s wrong #nlpoli

As with a lot of things in local politics,  the most interesting thing wasn’t the fact that Steve Marshall barred Roger Grimes from a hockey rink Marshall owns.What was fascinating was the response of plenty of folks in the province.  Some ju… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: What’s wrong #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Strategically Unwise and other political own-goals #nlpoli

Depending on which interview you listened to on Tuesday,  Tom Marshall would be hanging around as Premier until the end of the summer.

At least.

That’s the VOCM story.

Marshall will run the place for two full months after the Conservative convention in early July while Coleman runs around the province attending all sorts of . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Strategically Unwise and other political own-goals #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bravery and Democracy #nlpoli

“It is easy to be an armchair critic, tweeted natural resources minister Jerome Kennedy before Christmas, “but It takes real courage to stand for election.”

In another context, John Steele offered this opinion about your humble e-scribbler.:

“One thing that I respect about Ed is, he’s got balls enough to put his name to stuff. . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bravery and Democracy #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Another sign of the democratic deficit #nlpoli

If you have a few minutes to spare, flip through the provincial government’s 2012 budget.

Look for the work “donation”.

You won’t find it.  Nor will you find any amount of money set aside in the health department budget that would cover a donation by the provincial government to health care foundations operated in some . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Another sign of the democratic deficit #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Suppressing Dissent #nlpoli

One of the hallmarks of the Conservative political method since 2003 has been the suppression of public dissent.

Anyone who wants to raise a problem for public discussion is attacked for being “negative.”  It is part of the aggressive campaign the Tories have waged to eliminate political opposition and stifle anything that was not approved . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Suppressing Dissent #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Collins beats Kazakhstan #nlpoli

From a second rebuttal to justice minister Felix Collins, right (not exactly as illustrated) from the Center for Law and Democracy:

In a speech to the House of Assembly on 14 June 2012, Collins used derogatory terms to refer to CLD, and claimed we had financial motives in publicising our research. CLD is no stranger . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Collins beats Kazakhstan #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: When rights are annoying #nlpoli

There’s something about this frivolous and vexatious thing that caught people’s attention right from the start.

Under the provincial Conservatives’ new secrecy laws, a cabinet minister can refuse to disclose information if he or she thinks the request is “frivolous or vexatious”. (sec. 43.1)

Leave aside the idea that a politician gets to decide on . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: When rights are annoying #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More oil, less democracy #nlpoli

“Oil and democracy do not easily mix,” wrote political scientist Michael Ross in The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations, his 2012 study of the impact that income from oil development has on governments around the world.

Regular readers will recall this idea from an earlier post.

Countries that are rich . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More oil, less democracy #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Stacked House Filibuster #nlpoli

Democracy is a beautiful thing. 

The people of Newfoundland and Labrador are witnessing its full beauty in the filibuster against the Conservative government’s latest assault on openness, transparency and accountability. 

The opposition parties are into the second day of almost continuous debate on a bill that would gut the public’s right to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Stacked House Filibuster #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Our failed state #nlpoli

The always sharp labradore has posted links to a report by the Foundation for Democratic Advancement on election finance laws across Canada.

You can find the full report here.  The Newfoundland and Labrador section starts on page 34.

The analysis (p. 38) reads, in part:

Based on the FDA scoring scale (see Conclusion section), Newfoundland . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Our failed state #nlpoli