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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Jerome! rides again #nlpoli

Retired justice David Riche is the only independent person who has examined any information about Don Dunphy’s death.

Hired by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as an outside reviewer of its investigation into Dunphy’s death,  Riche had an unusual but informed perspective.  Riche’s comments to reporters last week about the Dunphy shooting and the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Jerome! rides again #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A meritless position #nlpoli

The new provincial Liberal administration has made the creation of a merit-based system of cabinet appointments the centre-piece of its first session of the House of Assembly.The bill to give effect to their policy is not perfect but by the time it cle… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A meritless position #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Enormous dividends #nlpoli

Back when he was in another cabinet job, Premier Tom Marshall made some comments about dividends from Muskrat Falls.

Let’s take a look at them.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The 2013 Harbour Grace Affray #nlpoli

Kathy Dunderdale told reporters on Tuesday, while the polls were still open mind you, that the by-election results would be no big thing.

Life would go on. 

The world would turn.

And the Conservatives had two years left in their mandate.

That’s when everyone in the province understood that the provincial Conservatives had . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The 2013 Harbour Grace Affray #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Truth and Fiction #nlpoli

If you take Jerome Kennedy at his word on Wednesday, here’s what is going on.Since he wasn’t planning to run in 2015, he decided that he would leave politics on Thursday, go back to practicing law in November and then start a master’s degree in law in January.

Nothing going on.  No other story.  Nothing . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Truth and Fiction #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Jerome leaves at last #nlpoli

For anyone even halfway clued in to local politics, the rumours have been thick for months that Jerome Kennedy was about to bail from provincial politics.

Now it seems the time has come.  The latest media reports have him going as early as today (Wednesday) while the versions reported Monday had the departure coming next . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Jerome leaves at last #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Jerome Kennedy: ace hole digger #nlpoli

Score another one for the Telegram’s James McLeod.

He interviewed finance minister Jerome Kennedy and wrote a story that centred on Kennedy’s contention that his party’s 2011 election promises weren’t really promises at all but a general blueprint or platform intend to implement depending on the cash available.

The story caused Kennedy such problems . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Jerome Kennedy: ace hole digger #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More and Less #nlpoli

Finance minister Jerome Kennedy is supposed to know about the economy and stuff.

During an interview with CBC provincial affairs reporter David Cochrane for On Point, Kennedy said that in the 1990s the government was the main employer in the province.  The implication was that the public sector wasn’t what it used to be.  People . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More and Less #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Time to Break the Cycle #nlpoli

Jerome Kennedy told reporters on Wednesday that  he and his officials are forecasting that the provincial government will rack up almost $4.0 billion in deficits over the next three years.

That consists of about $725 million this year, followed by two years in which the government will spend $1.6 billion each year than it will . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Time to Break the Cycle #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Annual Mixed-Message Season #nlpoli

Right after Ross Reid’s new job, Jerome Kennedy’s trip back to the finance ministry was the second most overblown story of the past week or so.

Most seem to think Kennedy is headed back to finance in order to tackle the public sector unions as part of the upcoming budget. That gives a bit too . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Annual Mixed-Message Season #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: $#*! Jerome says, in living colour version #nlpoli

With a hat tip to IP Freely.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Revenue Streams and Not-so-Captive Markets #nlpoli

Natural resources minister Jerome Kennedy was in an exceptionally candid mood in the House of Assembly on Tuesday.

He explained that under legislation that will pass before Christmas,  Nalcor would be setting electricity rates for industrial users in Labrador.

Mr. Speaker, we need a guaranteed revenue stream in order to assure the bond rating agencies . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Revenue Streams and Not-so-Captive Markets #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: $#*! Jerome Says: federal loan guarantee not firmly in place yet #nlpoli

In the House of Assembly on Tuesday, natural resources minister Jerome Kennedy was pretty clear about the sanction process:

“What we have done … [is ] we have slowed down the process in terms of the sanction.”

Asked about slowing down the sanction process on Wednesday, natural resources minister Jerome Kennedy told the House of . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: $#*! Jerome Says: federal loan guarantee not firmly in place yet #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Still Ready for a Better Tomorrow #nlpoli

Natural resources minister Jerome Kennedy on the financial typhoon of glorious benefits he and his colleagues are about to unleash via called Muskrat Falls:

The Province will make a lot of money off this project at some future point in order to not only to pay for the project but to pay for social programs . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Still Ready for a Better Tomorrow #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Jerome’s Grim Fairy Tale #nlpoli

Last week, some people wondered if Premier Kathy Dunderdale was out of the loop on negotiations over a federal loan guarantee when she seemed to say she did not know anything about an announcement in Labrador. Some other people wondered if perhaps she… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Jerome’s Grim Fairy Tale #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Jerome’s Jawbone of an Ass #nlpoli

Last week Premier Kathy Dunderdale told the House of Assembly something that was patently not true. She said that the public utilities board had endorsed the Muskrat Falls project. She did not mislead the House, as some suggested.  To do that, K… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Jerome’s Jawbone of an Ass #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kennedy’s Krazy Kost Kalculations #nlpoli

One of the hardest things to do is keep track of the numbers the provincial government uses to justify their plan to double the province’s debt and force taxpayers to pay it down through their electricity rates. Muskrat Math is unlike any other type… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kennedy’s Krazy Kost Kalculations #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Self-massaging the message #nlpoli

The Telegram’s Pam Frampton has a neat column this weekend on Jerome Kennedy, Muskrat Falls, and the provincial government’s problems with explaining to people in simple terms why Muskrat falls is a good idea. Frampton nails the biggest problem s… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Self-massaging the message #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Some words for Lorraine, via Peter Cashin #nlpoli

Lorraine Michael should bear in mind that some very famous Newfoundland and Labrador politicians found themselves accused of defaming someone.

That’s really the essence of the current question of privilege Government House Leader Jerome Kennedy levelled against her last week.  Kennedy knows the law well enough to know that what she did is a matter . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Some words for Lorraine, via Peter Cashin #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Incendiary End Game in Corner Brook #nlpoli

As a rule, when a cabinet minister speaks publicly about a private sector company’s significant financial problems, things are not good.

Natural resources minister Jerome Kennedy told the world on Friday and Saturday that Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited had a heavy bank debt and an unfunded pension liability of about $80 million.  Kennedy . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Incendiary End Game in Corner Brook #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The New Hebron-Muskrat Falls Connection #nlpoli

Natural resources minister Jerome Kennedy is right:

“There’s obviously an obligation…on any member in this house when presenting a petition to ensure that accuracy, to ensure that statements made to this house are ones that can be relied on … This is a very serious matter."

The obligation for accuracy doesn’t just apply to petitions.  . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The New Hebron-Muskrat Falls Connection #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: How’s that again, Jerome? #nlpoli

Natural resources minister Jerome Kennedy in the House of Assembly on Wednesday explaining some of the financial aspects of Muskrat Falls:

The one thing I need to make clear though to the people of this Province that any equity investment in Nalcor is on the basis of the project being sanctioned. The money stays in . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: How’s that again, Jerome? #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A fresh smear of lipstick #nlpoli

CBC’s online version got the story right from the most recent episode of On Point with David Cochrane:

Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy says the Newfoundland and Labrador government is not back-pedaling in how it is handling the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, even though the governing Tories are already planning measures they had ruled out.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: $#*! politicians say: Jerome! edition #nlpoli

Everyone’s favourite natural resources minister outdid himself last week for saying things that were just so far removed from reality that they were just funny.

He said them in the House of Assembly and if that wasn’t good enough he repeated them for this week’s episode of On Point with David Cochrane.

By the by, . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: $#*! politicians say: Jerome! edition #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: It’s all about export, eh #nlpoli

On Tuesday, natural resources minister Jerome Kennedy told the House of Assembly:

Essentially, what Muskrat Falls does, it allows 40 per cent of the power for the Island to meet the Island needs, 20 per cent for the export – 170 megawatts which allows us to then gain access to the markets in the United . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: It’s all about export, eh #nlpoli