The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ego and folly #nlpoli

“When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies which then might have effected a cure. There is nothing new in the story. It is as old as the sibylline books. It falls into that long, dismal catalogue of the fruitlessness ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ball, Coady confirm secret talks with Quebec on Labrador hydro #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Premier Dwight Ball confirmed in the House of Assembly on Wednesday that officials from this province are talking to officials in Quebec about significant development of hydro-electric assets on the Churchill River. We know that something very serious is going on  – in secret  – because of the way that Ball and natural resources minister ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Grits and Cons play dodge-fact over Labrador hydro talks #nlpoli

“There are no discussions between this government and the  Quebec government.” That’s part of a statement sent out by email to local reporters from natural resources minister Siobhan Coady’s office.  You can’t find it on the government website or the party website.  Coady was responding to a release from provincial Conservative leader Paul Davis challenging ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Jerusalem, Eldorado, and Perdition #nlpoli

Part I:  The development of our country_______________________________ The Heritage Newfoundland and Labrador website “aims to provide school students and the general public with a wide range of authoritative information on the province’s history, culture, and geography. It is based at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Faculty, graduate students, and professional writers contribute articles, while undergraduate ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Revelation: Labrador hydro edition #nlpoli #cdnpoli

“I wonder how I would feel if a province or a region in another province prevented Hydro-Québec from building its transmission line. I would feel exactly like the people in the West do now. I understand them.”   Quebec City mayor Regis Lebeaume had a revelation. Great. Let’s have a chat about another transmission line, ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Gull Island? Dead duck. #nlpoli

From the Financial Post, Tom Adams and Ed Hollett take a look at three issues that will hold up any development of Gull Island: While Gull Island might have a modest edge over Muskrat Falls’ cost per unit of production due to its greater size and less challenging local geology, it’s highly doubtful that Nalcor ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Reality check for the Ontarians, please #nlpoli

If nothing else, media coverage about energy talks between Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador shows just how much people don’t know about what is going on in the country. Not a crowd for half measures,  the National Post ran a story on Monday morning that was rife with basic factual mistakes.  They even started the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A legacy of secrecy and bad deals #nlpoli

In response to questioning in the House of Assembly last Tuesday and Wednesday, natural resources Minister Derrick Dalley confirmed that the provincial government is in secret talks with Norwegian oil giant Statoil to develop a new field offshore Newfoundland. There’s was nothing in the local media about it until the end of the week when ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Negotiating from Weakness #nlpoli

Markets in northeastern North America are already awash in cheap electricity, thanks in large part of the discovery of massive amounts of natural gas in the United States. They’ll be that way for decades to come. Current forecasts New England’s regional electricity transmission organization hold that improvements in energy efficiency will allow New England states ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Williams prepared to wrap arms around Quebec #nlpoli

There’s something just too funny for words about former Premier Danny Williams sometimes. It’s the kind of “too funny” where you don’t know whether he gets the joke and is just having a laugh at his own expense or is so completely blind to how asinine his own words make him look. You see it ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Negotiating with Quebec #nlpoli #nlvotes

Kevin Aylward says that, as Premier, he’d have no problem negotiating with Quebec about developing the Lower Churchill. A New Liberal Government will direct Nalcor to recommence negotiations with Quebec, Ontario and the federal government to develop the entire Lower Churchill. It is not financially feasible to develop only part of the Lower Churchill. Before ...

Noticed

My gosh but today’s Telegram editorial today has a few very, very familiar elements to it.

New Dawn II

Is nobody curious about this? From a column in today’s Telegram by Michael Johansen (emphasis added): The details of the New Dawn pact were finally released and, although they confused many voters before the referendum, leading to a situation described as “chaotic,” one point was made clear: the Innu would be paid $2 million within ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Innu vote overwhelmingly for something

The Innu of Labrador voted overwhelmingly in favour of something on Thursday. News media are calling it the “New Dawn” agreement and say that the vote approves the Lower Churchill development, gives Innu compensation for Churchill Falls and does a few other things. Not the least of those other things is “pave the way” for ...

Debate post script

For the second night in a row, I didn’t watch the Leaders’ debate (there was an all-candidates debate in York Centre tonight which featured an equally jarring Tory candidate, but that’s for another day).Radio-Canada’s coverage of the post-debate was really good, and featured, among other things, a reality check on Duceppe’s finger wagging about the ...