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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Afraid of a second moratorium #nlpoli

During the filibuster in the last session of the House of Assembly, education minister Dale Kirby reminded everyone of why the current administration is following its financial policy.Didn’t want to create a second moratorium,  Kirby said.  o… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Afraid of a second moratorium #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Continuing continuity #nlpoli

In the face of thousands of well-informed people telling Dwight Ball that the provincial government must change direction to survive, in the face of mountains of evidence that the province has been on the wrong course since 2005 or so, and lately, in t… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Continuing continuity #nlpoli

Alberta Politics: Hard truth from the Parkland Institute: New pipelines won’t much improve the price fetched by Alberta oil from Bitumen

PHOTOS: An oil tanker, floating in “tidewater” – in this case the balmy Persian Gulf. Below: Earth scientist David Hughes, and a caribou strolling along a pipeline, this one in Alaska. That’s tonight’s harvest of royalty-free photographs. My … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Hard truth from the Parkland Institute: New pipelines won’t much improve the price fetched by Alberta oil from Bitumen

Politics and its Discontents: Put The Money Where It Will Do the Most Good

That’s the advice of Dylan Marando, who, like many others, has come to the conclusion that tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations just means greater wealth accrual and dividend payouts, not job growth. The fact that corporations are currently sitt… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Put The Money Where It Will Do the Most Good

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Process Question #nlpoli

Finance minister Cathy Bennett told CBC that “everything is on the table and we have to make sure that we don’t leave anything that potentially could help us move to the destination that we all want to get to…So, my answer would be everything is on t… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Process Question #nlpoli

Alberta Politics: Fearless champion of the corporate overdog snarls at CCPA’s eye-popping New Year CEO salary tally

PHOTOS: Beggars and bazillionaires, not really as far apart as you think, the Fraser Institute insists. Top 100 Canadian corporate executives may not appear exactly as illustrated. Minimum wage workers, though? Not so different. Below: CCPA researcher … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Fearless champion of the corporate overdog snarls at CCPA’s eye-popping New Year CEO salary tally

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Two solitudes #nlpoli

CBC and the Telegram  carried a story on Tuesday that the province would be hit by a “mild recession” next year. There’s not much real news in that since oil and minerals will all be down in price for the foreseeable future. Major projects a… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Two solitudes #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Diversity #nlpoli

Labrador economy must diversify to survive, say opposition parties.

There is a CBC headline to conjure with.

Pure political magic for the two parties promising something different from what has gone on before.

Liberal leader Dwight Ball told CBC that we “must look at the other advantages that we would have available to us, things . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Diversity #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Gone, baby, gone #nlpoli

In September 2008,  four cabinet ministers went to Harbour Grace to announce that the provincial government was giving the company $8.0 million in public money,  interest free.

The provincial government communications people circulated a picture of the four at the time – from left, Jerome Kennedy,  Danny Williams, Paul Oram, and Trevor Taylor – as . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Gone, baby, gone #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Pollyanna Peek-a-Boo And Economic Unboom #nlpoli

Premier Peek-a-Boo took time out of his long, slow wander to the Premier’s Office this week to do an interview with the Grand Falls-Windsor Advertiser.

Check it out.

Frank Coleman thinks everything is fantastic in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Always read the large print #nlpoli

The Conference Board of Canada released a report last week that assessed economic performance in each of the provinces in Canada.

“The resource-driven economies of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador can boast A+ grades for their economic performance,” read the first sentence of the news release accompanying the report, titled How Canada Performs: Economy. . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Always read the large print #nlpoli

Political Eh-conomy: Magic numbers and the math stick

Economics is often associated with numbers. We are bombarded with economic data: GDP, unemployment, inflation, debt, exchange rates, market indices…the list is seemingly endless. While many of these numbers change – we are encouraged to cheer when they rise, jeer when they fall – there are others that are presented as fixed, immutable boundaries between . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Magic numbers and the math stick

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: The Trouble with Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Many feel bad for the Royal Bank Employees being replaced by temporary foreign workers however they are only the latest example of what is wrong with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada. Canada’s Foreign worker program has been&nbs… . . . → Read More: Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: The Trouble with Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: The Trouble with Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Many feel bad for the Royal Bank Employees being replaced by temporary foreign workers however they are only the latest example of what is wrong with the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in Canada.

Canada’s Foreign worker program has been criticized greatly by the NDP for its…

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Politics and Entertainment: Inform your “fiscally conservative” friends please of this astounding failure

#neoliberalism Under Flaherty the #cdnecon since 2006 has been a debt-fuelled financialized one only with little real production, productivity, or significantly increased employment to drive demand. Credit card debt has gone from $35.6 billion in … . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Inform your “fiscally conservative” friends please of this astounding failure

Politics and Entertainment: Inform your "fiscally conservative" friends please of this astounding failure

#neoliberalism Under Flaherty the #cdnecon since 2006 has been a debt-fuelled financialized one only with little real production, productivity, or significantly increased employment to drive demand. Credit card debt has gone from $35.6 billion in February 2006 to $77.4 in February 2012, a staggering 117% increase.   Mortgage debt has gone from $672.5 billion to $1111.8 billion . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Inform your "fiscally conservative" friends please of this astounding failure

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Populations #nlpoli

Ross Reid has a new job. 

He used to be federal fisheries minister. 

Since 2003 or so, Ross has been a deputy minister in the provincial government.

Lots of people got excited last week when Premier Kathy Dunderdale announced that Reid would be deputy minister responsible for the provincial government’s population growth strategy.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Enduring Principle of Newfoundland Mining Development Policy #nlpoli

If you want to understand the provincial government’s mining policy, look no further than Joe Smallwood and a speech he gave to the local chapter of what was then the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in 1979.

At the start of the speech, Smallwood quotes from his 1931 book, The New Newfoundland.  Newfoundland . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Enduring Principle of Newfoundland Mining Development Policy #nlpoli

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: What does Stephen Harper have against attending Premier’s Conferences?

Stephen Harper has never attended a Premier’s Conference.  He has been Prime Minister since 2006 and has turned down every invitation extended him to attend. Yesterday during Opposition Day in the House of Commons the NDP put forward a motion th… . . . → Read More: Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: What does Stephen Harper have against attending Premier’s Conferences?

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: What does Stephen Harper have against attending Premier’s Conferences?

Stephen Harper has never attended a Premier’s Conference.  He has been Prime Minister since 2006 and has turned down every invitation extended him to attend.

Yesterday during Opposition Day in the House of Commons the NDP put forward a motion that the Prime Minister accept the most recent…

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Government cash give-aways #nlpoli

CBC’s Rob Antle has updated work done over the past couple of years on government give-aways to private sector businesses in the name of economic development:

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has funnelled more than $20 million into grants, loans and the direct costs of business-attraction initiatives that have provided a net benefit of fewer . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Government cash give-aways #nlpoli

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Government moving forward on proposed unsolicited credit card cheque ban

The government announced that it will be introducing legislation to ban the practice of Credit Cards sending unsolicited “cheques” in the mail. I’m all for that! First the cheques themselves are treated like cash advances and begin accumulating inte… . . . → Read More: Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Government moving forward on proposed unsolicited credit card cheque ban

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Government moving forward on proposed unsolicited credit card cheque ban

The government announced that it will be introducing legislation to ban the practice of Credit Cards sending unsolicited “cheques” in the mail.

I’m all for that! First the cheques themselves are treated like cash advances and begin accumulating interest as soon as they clear so it is better…

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Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: NDP Move to Protect Old Age Security – Vote on Feb 6th

The NDP used the Opposition day in Parliament today to put forward a motion that the federal government not pay for its agenda on the backs of Canadian Seniors by raising the age at which they will qualify for Old Age Security (OAS).

 Several times NDP members put the question to Human…

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Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Investing in Children is Good for the Economy

A new study came out today saying that investing in our nations children is good for the economy.  Sadly the current Federal Government does not believe in investing in Canada’s children.  Dating back to one of their first official acts – dismantling a national child care program…

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