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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Equalization… again #nlpoli

Equalization is a really simple idea.In order to ensure that Canadians across the country have access to comparable services regardless of where they live,  the federal government sends money to provinces that don’t make enough on their own.The … . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Equalization… again #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Bridge to Ottawa #nlpoli

Premier Dwight Ball said everything is on the table to deal with the massive financial problem facing his administration.And then, in a string of year-end interviews,  Ball immediately took everything off the table. No cuts to spending as that wou… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Bridge to Ottawa #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Blackmail and the Conservative dysfunction #nlpoli

Paul Davis and his cabinet were all smiles and chuckles last week at the election of a new administration in Ottawa.

Optimistic for the future.

Looking forward to a new relationship and all that.

Then came the issue if the tariff on ships of a certain size built outside Canada.  The Conservatives are holding it . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Blackmail and the Conservative dysfunction #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Lions or jellyfish: a review

Historian Ray Blake’s new book  Lions or jellyfish:  Newfoundland  – Ottawa relations since 1957 is likely to be be on many reading lists. 

It should be.

Blake examines:

the Term 29 dispute, hydro-electric development in Labrador between 1960 and 1970, resettlement, offshore oil and gas ownership, Meech Lake, the ‘Williams’ “fair share” argument. . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Lions or jellyfish: a review

Northern Reflections: From The Bottom Up

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It’s no secret that Stephen Harper hates government. For almost a decade, he has worked maniacally to reduce the size and the scope of the federal government. At the same time, he has steadfastly refused to meet with the premiers. Somewhere along the line, he forgot that Canada is a federation. . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: From The Bottom Up

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Federal Presents, the 2015 edition #nlpoli

November 2005.

The Harris Centre at Memorial University issued a report on the number of federal public servants working in Newfoundland and Labrador.

With a Liberal administration in Ottawa and with a provincial Conservative government that enjoyed shooting at foreign enemies,  the whole argument about federal presence was a big deal.

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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

Politics and its Discontents: The Long Reach Of Partisan Politics

h/t Montreal Simon

In Ontario, we noticed the long federal reach of divisive partisan politics during our recent election. Joe Oliver, our alleged finance minister, interposed his views, lamenting the fiscal state of Ontario that, according to him, is bringing down the rest of Canada. Of course, the disingenuous Uncle Joe denied trying to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Long Reach Of Partisan Politics

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Converting principles to other people’s money #nlpoli

When Premier Kathy Dunderdale spoke to a St. John’s Board of Trade last May,  she claimed the federal government had tried to tie the federal loan guarantee on Muskrat Falls to the European free trade talks.

There’s no evidence that her claim is true, at least based on the selected documents Dunderdale released last week . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Converting principles to other people’s money #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Conservatives and federal-provincial relations #nlpoli

Two news stories last week reminded us once again of the nature of federal-provincial relations for Newfoundland and Labrador over the past decade.

A story in the Chronicle Herald reported on recent comments by Danny Williams about a sharp personal exchange he supposed had with Stephen Harper before the later became prime minister.

The second . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Conservatives and federal-provincial relations #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Familiar tunes amid the Shifting Balance of Power #nlpoli

All the talk the past week or so about negotiations between the crowd in Confederation Building and the crowd in Ottawa  brought out the conventional wisdom about premiers using fights with the feds for political purposes.

The coincidence of a talk on nationalism the week before linked the two ideas together neatly for some . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Familiar tunes amid the Shifting Balance of Power #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Maybe it’s just you, Kathy #nlpoli

Prime Minister Stephen Harper met with Alberta Premier Alison Redford when the Pm dropped in for the Calgary Stampede.

As the Globe reported:

Carl Vallée, a PMO spokesman who was travelling with Mr. Harper during his Stampede stopover, wouldn’t talk about what was discussed during the Prime Minister’s meeting with Ms. Redford.

“He meets with . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Maybe it’s just you, Kathy #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: All’s Not Fairity in Love and War #nlpoli

Premier Kathy Dunderdale should appoint municipal affairs minister Kevin “Fairity” O’Brien to handle intergovernmental affairs.

While Dunderdale is busily lobbing hand grenades at the federal government, Fairity is taking a very different attitude:

It’s fine enough for me to blame everything on municipalities, and it’s fine enough for you to blame everything on the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: All’s Not Fairity in Love and War #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Federal-Provincial Puzzle #nlpoli

Premier Kathy Dunderdale is frustrated.

“Extremely frustrated”

“What is it that we have to do down here to get your attention?” she asked, rhetorically, on Thursday.

She expressed that frustration in the House of Assembly in response to questions from Liberal leader Dwight Ball and in a scrum with reporters.  Dunderdale aimed her barbs most . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Federal-Provincial Puzzle #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Significant Digits: 2016 #nlpoli

Four years from now, Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation and Hydro-Quebec will automatically renew the 1969 power contract for another 25 years.

Everyone knows that, surely.

What you may not recall, though, is that 2016 is the year that the federal government will renew its annual payment of $8.0 million to the Government of Newfoundland and . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Significant Digits: 2016 #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: So then what will they do? #nlpoli

Let’s make no bones about it. 

Even at the deepest darkest moments after the death of Meech Lake, federal-provincial relations were never as bad as they are right now between the crowd on Ottawa and the crowd in Sin Jawns.

Danny Williams put all his political credibility into his anything but Conservative campaign.  He . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: So then what will they do? #nlpoli