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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Trash, Give-aways, and Conservative Policy #nlpoli

Friday is trash day in the world of political communications. It’s the day when you slip out stuff that is unpleasant in the hopes people will miss it.

If you can slide in another story, like say the completely unnecessary appointment of a finance minister who will have the job for a mere two . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Trash, Give-aways, and Conservative Policy #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Province settles Fortis asset grab for $76 million #nlpoli

Natural resources minister Tom Marshall announced in the House of Assembly on Tuesday that the provincial government had settled with the last of a string of private companies victimised by a 2008 asset grab of hydro-electric generating facilities by the provincial government.

Taxpayers will cover a $54 million debt owed by Fortis, one of the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Province settles Fortis asset grab for $76 million #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Exploits on the Exploits #nlpoli

In Nova Scotia, the provincial government has to beat prospective woods companies with a stick to keep them in line in the rush to take control of lands from the former Bowater mill in that province.

Seven groups want to get some part of the 220,000 hectares, a power plant, a mill site and all . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Exploits on the Exploits #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

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Dunderdale admits to hasty asset grab #nlpoli

In the House of Assembly on Monday, Premier Kathy Dunderdale said that the provincial government decided to seize assets of three companies in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2008 because it knew that one of the companies – AbitibiBowater  – was working on a sale of some assets to other parties.

When we took a decision . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Dunderdale admits to hasty asset grab #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Toward a fair and just society #nlpoli

The December 2008 expropriation bill was not the right thing for the provincial government and the House of Assembly to do.

The expropriation was wrong.

It was wrong, but not because it didn’t work.

It was wrong, but not because the provincial government accidentally expropriated a contaminated mill site.

The December 2008 expropriation was wrong . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Toward a fair and just society #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nottawa Repost: Legislative oversight in an era of "patriotic correctness" #nlpoli

The following originally appeared at nottawa on September 2, 2009 as a comment on the emergency session of the legislature to deal with changes to legislation about the Churchill River.

It includes a mention of an earlier political controversy, the December 2008 expropriation bill.  The two are linked and in light of Friday’s ruling by . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nottawa Repost: Legislative oversight in an era of "patriotic correctness" #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Pattern Proved #nlpoli

Consider the latest failure of a lawsuit launched by the Greatest Legal Mind and Premier Ever in light of another case, Henley v. Cable Atlantic, a post that originally appeared in August 2006.

“Forgive us for believing NalCor, Premier,” about the Abitibi expropriation former Liberal leader Yvonne Jones pleads on Twitter, in the wake of . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Pattern Proved #nlpoli