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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 47: If only saying it made it so #nlpoli

According to New Democratic Party leader Lorraine Michael, the party convention this past weekend was “a room of people who are saying, ‘we’re new, we’re moving forward.’" [quote via CBC]

Would that merely saying the words made it so.

The reality is that the party isn’t new.  They aren’t moving forward either, except in the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 47: If only saying it made it so #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 46: Premier Peek-a-Boo and the Dog Whistle #nlpoli

In a scrum with reporters after a public meeting about the Corner Brook hospital last Thursday,  Frank Coleman showed he has picked up the tendency of some politicians to talk about themselves in the plural.

The reporters asked about Coleman’s tendency to shun media interviews and to pop up here as if he were . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 46: Premier Peek-a-Boo and the Dog Whistle #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 44: Optics 2 #nlpoli

On Monday,  Danny Williams was actively campaigning with Danny Breen in Virginia Waters.

Breen posted this photo to Facebook:

Breen’s campaign is in serious trouble if the Old Man is knocking doors.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 45: Verb Tense #nlpoli

Premier-in-waiting Frank Coleman, anointed replacement for Danny Williams, turned up with CBC’s David Cochrane to explain to the On Point audience what he is all about.

Cochrane asked him about Danny Williams and the widespread stories about Williams’ support for Coleman’s candidacy.

What happened next is fascinating.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 44: Optics #nlpoli

Danny Williams appeared in Virginia Waters on Saturday  to campaign for Danny Breen, the Conservative candidate in the by-election.

Breen’s campaign wasted no time in pushing out pictures of The Appearance, like the one above, another one showing him with some young fellows out posting Breen campaign signs in the district, or the one below . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 44: Optics #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More on the 2009 Rift #nlpoli

The Kremlinology post on Trevor Taylor, Paul Oram and the apparent policy disagreement in cabinet in 2008/09 generated two contacts (a tweet and an e-mail) that are worth discussing.

Let’s take them one at a time.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 44: the 2009 Rift in Cabinet #nlpoli

Trevor Taylor left politics in 2009 in an unseemly hurry.

One minute he was there. 

Next minute?  Gone from cabinet and the House of Assembly.

Very odd.

Then right on his heels went Paul Oram, who muttered something about unsound financial management by the Conservatives as he ran from the Confederation Building.

A very . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 44: the 2009 Rift in Cabinet #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 43: We Love the Leader! #nlpoli

Twice last week, provincial Conservative politicians offered unprompted endorsements of Kathy Dunderdale’s leadership.

Natural resources minister Tom Marshall praised her as a compassionate Iron Lady who had his full support.  Here’s the story VOCM ran:

Natural Resources Minister Tom Marshall says the premier has his full and complete support. Kathy Dunderdale has come under fire . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 43: We Love the Leader! #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 41: All politics is personal #nlpoli

On Friday, the Conservatives sent Mount Pearl North MHA Steve Kent out as the designated hitter in a deliberate, orchestrated personal attack on the five lawyers who oppose Muskrat Falls.

He turned up on CBC’s On Point and repeated much of the same innuendo on Twitter.

Kent got a lot of negative feedback on Twitter . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 41: All politics is personal #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 40: Word Search #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Go right through the 2012 federal budget.

Look anywhere you want.

Try the chapter that lists off energy projects and how the latest federal budget will help them.

Note the reference to Hebron:

Hebron Offshore Oil Development (Newfoundland and Labrador)

ExxonMobil Canada Properties’ Hebron Offshore Oil Development project is a 19,000 to 28,000 cubic . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 40: Word Search #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 39: What Burke didn’t say #nlpoli

In defending the $140,000 –a-year patronage job she gave to former Tory candidate John Noseworthy, advanced skills minister Joan Burke told the House of Assembly:

Mr. Speaker, no one can argue that Mr. Noseworthy has a unique set of skills.

Indeed no one can make such an argument.

Former auditor general John Noseworthy doesn’t . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 39: What Burke didn’t say #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kremlinology 38: what they left out #nlpoli

In a news release from the federal natural resources minister that heralded the future of Newfoundland and Labrador is energy, they didn’t mention the Lower Churchill once.

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