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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cripple you say? #nlpoli

Unnamed Conservative “insiders” have been talking about the Ches Crosbie nomination fiasco as if it was a rejection of a new Tory Jesus or something.

The way they talk you’d think people are waiting breathlessly for the pictures on Jane Crosbie’s Twitter feed of young Ches taking his first steps across Virginia Lake, just as . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cripple you say? #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Overcooked Ambition #nlpoli

Nameless Conservative Party insiders predict that without Ches Crosbie as a candidate, the federal Conservative party will be crippled in Newfoundland and Labrador in the next election.

Supposedly Ches could have raised $100,000 dollars already.  But without Ches, they won’t raise a penny. Volunteers will stay home, too.  

But here’s the thing: 

CBC’s  . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Overcooked Ambition #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Impotence and weakness #nlpoli

If you take John Crosbie’s version at face value,  the Conservative Party rejected his son Ches as a candidate for the party in Avalon because of the intervention of David Wells.

Wells,  the son of retired justice Robert Wells,  is a senator from Newfoundland and Labrador.  He is also an influential Conservative, the sort of . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Impotence and weakness #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: John Crosbie and the Last Crusade #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Every story told thus far about Ches Crosbie and the riding in Avalon has the unmistakeable odour of bullshit about it.

The latest twist, namely that Senator David Wells was scuttling a potential rival as The Biggest Conservative in Newfoundland and Labrador, is a bit more in the realm of plausible but it still doesn’t . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: John Crosbie and the Last Crusade #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: John, Danny, and voter apathy #nlpoli

Every now and again,  someone will talk about voter apathy. 

Last week,  Steve Kent was circulating the link to an article that claimed that youth engagement – getting young people more involved in the community and in politics – was a way of getting more people to vote at election time.

That’s what voter . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: John, Danny, and voter apathy #nlpoli

Alberta Diary: He haunts us still: ‘Welcome to the 1980s’

Welcome to the 1980s, everybody. Above, Pierre Trudeau, saying just that. Below: Justin Trudeau, embracing victorious Liberal candidate Emmanuel Douburg last night in Montreal’s Bourassa riding. (Montreal Gazette photo.)

“Well, welcome to the 1980s!” He haunts us still.

I don’t know about you, but I could almost hear Pierre Trudeau’s familiar, scratchy, defiant, . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: He haunts us still: ‘Welcome to the 1980s’

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Like Father. Like Son. #nlpoli

So after a teaser column in the Telegram last week that was more creative fiction than serious history or memoir, John Crosbie explained why he loves the Muskrat Falls project in this Saturday’s instalment of Geriatric Townie Pass-times.

It’s really simple.

The project will be splendiferous.

Phantasmagorical.

Amazingly, marvellously, Keebler-elves-kinda-magical.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: There’s no crap like old crap #nlpoli

And John Crosbie’s recent column (May 18) in the Telegram about Churchill Falls contains some of the oldest  – and completely unsubstantiated – crap on the go.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: What the cod moratorium wrought #nlpoli

The cod might be gone these 20 years but there are no shortage of people making a fine dollar telling us what it all means.

Surely the one making the most cash is Ryan Cleary, pulling down a paycheque as a member of parliament partly on the pledge to have an inquiry into why there . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: What the cod moratorium wrought #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: And he is still wrong #nlpoli

The guy who helped create the monster called Nalcor thinks Muskrat Falls is a great idea.

But Lieutenant Governor John Crosbie backs it for a completely wrong reason.

Crosbie told CBC:

"It’s the only way I can see [in which] we are going to escape from the trap that we’re in now with respect . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: And he is still wrong #nlpoli