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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Air Canada to London: back again #nlpoli

How times change.

Last week, industry minister Susan Sullivan attended an announcement by Air Canada that they would be bringing back year-round direct flights between St. John’s and London.  Starting in the fall,  Air Canada will offer three direct flights a week to London.  Next summer, they’ll offer daily service. 

It’s great news for anyone who wants to travel to Europe for business or on holiday.  For that matter, if you want to get anywhere to the East,  having a flight to London is a bonus. It’s like having that daily shuttle to Newark if you want to go anywhere in the United States and further south.

At times like this, it seems like a million years ago that the same people who are running the province these days were engaged in a complete insane jihad against Air Canada for making a simple business decision. 

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: DND to shut down 5 Wing base housing #nlpoli

From David Pugliese at the Ottawa Citizen:

■ Military housing at Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg will be shut down.

The story appeared on April 11.

Biggest take away from that right up front is that all those Conservative promises for the last half dozen years about Goose Bay remain the total bullshit they always were.

Someone should ask Leo Abbass, John Hickey and other federal Conservative backers all about that.  After all, if DND sheds all that housing, that battalion or the UAV squadron or all the other BS that Leo and John

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: And then right on cue… #nlpoli

Someone starts talking about dumping military infrastructure that serves no military purposes any longer. Then your humble e-scribbler reminds everyone not to worry since bases like Goose bay are far more important for the political pork value than th… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: And then right on cue… #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: There’s no greater fraud than a promise not kept … Goose Bay version

While one can argue about frauds and unkept promises, there’s certainly no greater laugh riot than listening to defence minister Pete MacKay try desperately to explain to a gang of reporters in Goose Bay why the promised hundreds of soldiers, UAV squ… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: There’s no greater fraud than a promise not kept … Goose Bay version

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Like sands through the hour glass…

Adios John Hickey, the Pavement Putin of the Permafrost. The ever-troublesome labradore offered a fitting tribute to Hickey as leaves politics. The staunch defender of the Muskrat Falls megadebt project won’t like people being reminded of his posit… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Like sands through the hour glass…

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cross Putin off your list

Add the Pavement Putin of the Permafrost to the list of provincial Conservatives who won’t be seeking re-election come the fall. John Hickey won’t be running again, since apparently two terms are enough.  Did someone leave off the “to be pe… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cross Putin off your list

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: From battalions to no cuts: how Connie promises have changed

Once upon a time, the federal Conservatives promised the good people of Happy Valley-Goose bay that their airport would once again be the scene of major military activity. Battalions of infantry soldiers and fleets of unmanned flying contraptions.,… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: From battalions to no cuts: how Connie promises have changed