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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politics as masturbation #nlpoli

“I am warning you.  Don’t make me wear my pikachu costume.” Demonstrations at Memorial University and at Nalcor headquarters on Friday show the extent to which Newfoundland politics has become little more than irrelevant stunts staged chiefly for the personal amusement of the folks with the expensive cellphones. The protesters do not want to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politics as masturbation #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Supporting and Opposing #nlpoli

If you get any kind of enjoyment at all out of watch people tie themselves in knots,  point out to a New Democrat that their party supports Muskrat Falls.Oooo – eee you are in for a ride.But let’s make it clear.  The provincial New Democrats … . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Supporting and Opposing #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: She’s a class act all the way #nlpoli

The House of Assembly closed on Tuesday, likely for the last time before the next election.

Sure,  Premier Paul Davis said he may call the House back in the fall for a quick amendment to a law, but for most members, Tuesday was the last day of the session.

And for some members, like George . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: She’s a class act all the way #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Contending Political Strategies #nlpoli

Starting last Friday, the ironically-named Conservatives currently running the place started holding a series of “pre-budget” announcements.

They started with news that to deal with the massive financial crisis they would be dumping 77 and a half teaching positions in the provincial school system.  About twice that many would retire, so the school boards in . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Contending Political Strategies #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Gimme that Old-Time Reaction #nlpoli

The only news to come out of the New Democratic Party convention this past weekend is that the party now has not one but two leaders.

Earle won’t be looking for a seat in the House before the next election.  As a result, Lorraine Michael remains the leader of the party in the House of . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Gimme that Old-Time Reaction #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Anti-democratic, regressive, and unprincipled #nlpoli

The idea of reducing the size of the province’s legislature because the provincial government has a massive financial crisis didn’t get any smarter when the provincial government announced its plan on Thursday to slash the House from 48 seats to 36.

People who want to start government cutbacks at the top should expect a reduction . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Anti-democratic, regressive, and unprincipled #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cluck, cluck, cluck #nlpoli

Say what you want about Lorraine Michael,  but you have to admit that she knows what she wants to do.

Lorraine has spent her adult life as an advocate.  That’s another word for someone who talks about things.  She’s done it quite a bit and, as she made clear Tuesday, Lorraine intends to keep talking . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cluck, cluck, cluck #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Lorraine says good-bye, sort of #nlpoli

Her voice tinged with emotion,  Lorraine Michael announced to a gaggle of reporters and her supporters at Confederation Building on Tuesday that she would step down as party leader as soon as the party could find a replacement.

Lorraine would stay on in politics, though, and promised to run in the next provincial election. 

. . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Lorraine says good-bye, sort of #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Void #nlpoli

For its last editorial of 2014,  the Telegram decided to discuss the fate of the province’s New Democrats.

A quick summary:  things were good for the Dippers.  Now things are not so good.  This isn’t just a local thing.  It’s happening nationally.  Lorraine Michael has said in year-end interviews she likely won’t be around for . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Void #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Decisive Moments in Politics #nlpoli

The NDP are down five points,  the Liberals are up two and the Conservatives are up three, according to the latest Corporate Research Associates poll.

Voters are abandoning the New Democrats who are down by one third from 15 points to 10.  The Liberals and the Conservatives picked up those disaffected former New Democrats, with . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Decisive Moments in Politics #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Another inside deal #nlpoli

If you want to get a sense of how the New Democratic Party convention actually ran last weekend, take a few minutes and listen to Tony Adey’s interview on CBC’s Corner Brook Morning Show.

Adey attended the convention but announced afterward that he was leaving the party.  Adey believes that the convention was stacked and . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Another inside deal #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The left-wing conservatives #nlpoli

In 2010,  the provincial Conservatives had a chance to reinvigorate their party in time for the 2011 general election.  They deliberately stuck with an interim leader in order to avoid what they considered a potentially decisive leadership contest.

After the 2011 election, the Conservatives kept Kathy Dunderdale, even though she’s made it clear when Danny . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The left-wing conservatives #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Grits gain from Cons and Dippers #nlpoli

Premier Kathy Dunderdale doesn’t govern by polls.

That’s what she told reporters – yet again – as they asked her about yet another poll that showed the provincial Conservatives aren’t doing so well with eligible voters.

Then Kathy explained to reporters that the polls told her that she and her colleagues must do a better . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Grits gain from Cons and Dippers #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Softball #nlpoli

No wonder the Conservatives are smiling a lot these days.

Not only have the New Democrats imploded as an effective political force but their leader has decided her job is to serve as a cheerleader for the government.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The New Lorraine Party #nlpoli

Make no mistake.

This is not your New Democratic Party.

For those who are active members, they cannot even say that it is “our party”.

It’s hers.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Delusional Hat Trick: Lorraine, Trevor, and Ryan #nlpoli

No sooner had Lorraine Michael pronounced the New Democratic caucus back together again than two of its members announced that they would leave and sit in the House of Assembly as independent New Democrat members of the legislature.

Dale Kirby and Christopher Mitchelmore made the announcement in separate media statements on Tuesday morning.

This latest . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Delusional Hat Trick: Lorraine, Trevor, and Ryan #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Opposition Syndrome #nlpoli

Politics is often about compromise.

Compromises are great when they work.

They suck when they don’t.

The provincial New Democrats spent a week in a leadership crisis that climaxed with a two-day caucus retreat complete with a hired, professional meeting facilitator.

The result is the worst possible solution for the New Democrats if they are . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Opposition Syndrome #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Osborne joins the Liberals #nlpoli

Not surprisingly, long-serving St. John’s South MHA Tom Osborne has joined the Liberals.

Forget all the stuff about what party he fits with.  Forget all the foolishness coming from the New Democrats.  Osborne’s choice reflects a canny political assessment view of the political landscape not as it is now, but as he expects it will . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Osborne joins the Liberals #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A Celebration of Excellence #nlpoli

For the second day in a row, CBC Radio’s On the Go had a go at Frank Fagan, the newly appointed Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.  Or as host Ted Blades described him on Tuesday, another old, white guy.

In Wednesday Blades decided to interview NDP leader Lorraine Michael.  Blades started out by asking . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A Celebration of Excellence #nlpoli

Pressing Politics: The NL Big Picture: NDP Tops Tories in New Poll, Liberals Showing Signs of Return

It has certainly been an interesting couple of days. On Wednesday I published a blog which argued that for the first time in post-confederation NL history, the upcoming provincial election in 2015 would be wide open race between three parties. … Continue reading →

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: Kennedy slices into NDP’s Muskrat falls hypocrisy #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Natural resources minister Jerome Kennedy belled the NDP cat on Wednesday for the provincial party’s flip-flop on Muskrat Falls. As the Telegram reported in its Thursday edition,

… Kennedy was particularly hard on criticism coming from the NDP, saying the current tone represents a break from deceased federal leader Jack Layton.

“The NDP has . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kennedy slices into NDP’s Muskrat falls hypocrisy #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Here’s what an opposition party looks like #nlpoli

The Conservatives won’t open the House of Assembly until the spring. Former Tory Premier Tom Rideout thinks it’s a bad idea, according to CBC: "The government is an incumbent government. It has plenty of legislation on the books and ready… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Here’s what an opposition party looks like #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Townies and Baymen #nlpoli #nlvotes

Some people were surprised the other night when Danny Dumaresque told the very small audience at a Board of Trade economic forum that: I would have to say to the mayor of this great city that there are a hell of a lot more priorities outside the ov… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Townies and Baymen #nlpoli #nlvotes

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The NDP and Regressive Social Policy: education #nlpoli

those who are interested in education policy and the current election campaign will be fascinated by a chunk of one conversation that broke out on Twitter Sunday.  Two of the participants were Mark Watton, former Liberal candidate in the Humber … . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The NDP and Regressive Social Policy: education #nlpoli