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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Quebec Superior Court Decision #nlpoli

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Quebec Superior Court Decision #nlpoli

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Jewel in the Crown #nlpoli

If you are a Newfoundland politics junkie who hasn’t been reading Uncle Gnarley,  then you’ve been missing out.

You can fix that by reading the latest offering from Gnarley – a.k.a. Des Sullivan – about Nalcor and the idea of having bureaucrats play at being entrepreneurs.

While you’re at it,  you might also want to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Jewel in the Crown #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: How not to bolster public confidence: the umpteenth Nalcor edition #nlpoli

The folks at Nalcor held a media briefing at 11:00 AM on Tuesday.  it was supposed to be about the release of the independent engineer’s review of Muskrat Falls done as part of the federal loan guarantee.

You may recall this was part of some great confusion a few months ago when the provincial energy . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: How not to bolster public confidence: the umpteenth Nalcor edition #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Premier Confusing #nlpoli

Premier Tom Marshall has been in cabinet since 2003.  He’s held pretty well all the big portfolios connected to Muskrat Falls, including natural resources and finance.

He should know details about Muskrat Falls backwards.

That’s why his comments in the House of Assembly on Monday caused such a stir:

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor Oversight #nlpoli

The provincial government will be establishing a committee of senior public servants to co-ordinate information on Muskrat Falls for cabinet.

VOCM faithfully reported Premier Tom Marshall’s comments to reporters outside the House of Assembly.  The people want more, says Tom, so the Conservatives are going to give the public more oversight.  The new committee will . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor Oversight #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Access to Information – some misunderstandings #nlpoli

A tale out of Ottawa reveals the extent to which access to information problems crop up in lots of places.

CBC News asked for a copy of a memo from the commander of the Canadian Army about leaks of information within the army.  CBC apparently had a copy of the memo or someone had seen . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Access to Information – some misunderstandings #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor following wrong energy path #nlpoli

Think back to last December.

A couple of Nalcor guys bragged about the company’s strategy of importing electricity when they needed during the months when prices were low and then exporting our own electricity when electricity prices were high.

Brilliant idea.  It worked for Hydro-Quebec for most of the past 50 years.

There’s only one . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor following wrong energy path #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Sound of Silence #nlpoli

With all the talk the past couple of days about the relationship between the provincial government and the provincial energy corporation, it might be a useful time to ask a fairly simple question:

What does Nalcor do?

Might seem like such an obvious question that it you are laughing, but hang on a . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Sound of Silence #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Confidence Campaign #nlpoli #darknl

The provincial government started its campaign to gain control of the political agenda on Thursday with its announcement that it would appoint someone to do something sometime in the future.

The conventional media outlets didn’t report Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s announcement that way.  The Telegram, for example, called it an “independent” review but acknowledged in the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Confidence Campaign #nlpoli #darknl

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: History’s Bitch #nlpoli

A half century ago, a bunch of very smart fellows – some of the smartest fellows of any generation ever – wanted to build a massive  plant in the middle of Labrador to make electricity.

One of the problems the project faced was a combination of costs and markets.  As Philip Smith recounts in Brinco:  . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: History’s Bitch #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Get worried-er #nlpoli

Here are a bunch of stories all of which would deserve a post of their own but that are presented here cut down to the barest of bare essentials.

King of the Keystone Kops Strikes Again:  Not content to demonstrate his incompetence with his earlier budget shag up, justice minister Darin King (Twitter:  @King_Darin) announced . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Get worried-er #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Get Worried #nlpoli

Not surprisingly,  a band of familiar faces turned up at Nalcor’s annual public meeting to put questions about Muskrat Falls to Ed Martin, the man more and more people are calling the de facto Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.

And equally unsurprisingly, Ed Martin continued with the sort of uninformative or misleading comments of the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Get Worried #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Hydro’s Problem Questions #nlpoli

As the Telegram reported on Saturday, the Public Utilities Board has suspended consideration of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro’s 2013 capital works application.

The company is having trouble answering a couple of questions.

Here are the ones that are causing problems.

The first one:

PUB-NLH-1 Please provide an updated Generation Planning Issues report.

According to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Hydro’s Problem Questions #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Looking beyond the Hebron sandbox #nlpoli

ExxonMobil drew a line in the sand this morning, and the minister and I are here to draw another line in the sand, as far as this project is concerned.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale, 21 June 2012

Premier Kathy Dunderdale and natural resources minister Jerome Kennedy spent more than a half hour meeting with . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Looking beyond the Hebron sandbox #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Conflict of Interest and the Nalcor board appointments #nlpoli

2050 hrs – Mulligan Update – scroll to the end

Leo Abbass is the mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

He is a staunch of supporter of the Conservative Party.  He is such a staunch supporter of the Conservative Party – federal or provincial – that he can sometimes take on the appearance of the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Conflict of Interest and the Nalcor board appointments #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More Muskrat Fun: HQ, NALCO and PEI #nlpoli #nspoli #cdnpoli

The Ghosts of Hydro-Quebec and NACLO:  A pair of readers fired off separate e-mails to point out an alternate  explanation for the “anything cabinet decides they can do” clause from the energy corporation legislation than the tack SRBP took.

They both pointed to comments made over several years by different politicians about making the local . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: More Muskrat Fun: HQ, NALCO and PEI #nlpoli #nspoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Aylward questions Nalcor on choice of consultant

Liberal leader Kevin Aylward has sent a letter to Nalcor boss Ed Martin asking about Nalcor’s use of Navigant as the consultant the company chose for a review of the Muskrat Falls project. The Liberals posted the letter to the party’s campaign web… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Aylward questions Nalcor on choice of consultant

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor Royalties: yet more information

  Part 1:  Resource give-away   Part 2:  Nalcor Royalties – more information Nalcor estimates the company will pay anticipated royalties to the provincial government totalling  $2.06 Billion dollars. That’s from th… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor Royalties: yet more information

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Misleading the House: recall the whole recall power story

Why would Nalcor mislead the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, asks finance minister Tom Marshall with all the seriousness he can muster. Yes folks, the fellow with one of the worst cases of pinocchiosis politica ever seen in this province wonders … . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Misleading the House: recall the whole recall power story

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The truth is out there…Nalcor version

The truth is out there. You just really have to read Nalcor’s stuff really carefully to find it. Take, for example, a recent letter in the Telegram by Greg Jones,  Nalcor’s manager of business development:. In a nutshell, the option of w… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The truth is out there…Nalcor version

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor Royalties – more information

Nalcor, the provincial government’s energy corporation, paid $142,332 in royalties on North Amethyst in 2010.  The company has paid  $317,399 in 2011 on the same project up to the end of June. That’s information provided to SRBP by Nalco… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor Royalties – more information

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Resource give-away

The provincial government’s energy company controls billions of dollars worth of hydro-electric and oil resources  – much of it handed over as free gifts from taxpayers – but the company pays very little to the provincial treasury in return. Na… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Resource give-away

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bullshit then or now? Nalcor boss changes story on natural gas and Muskrat megadebt project

Ed Martin dismisses the idea that natural gas might be a sensible replacement for burning Bunker C at Holyrood. Here’s the whole story from VOCM in the event they disappear it: Nalcor has considered – and rejected – the use of liquefied natural… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bullshit then or now? Nalcor boss changes story on natural gas and Muskrat megadebt project

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Strangling energy innovation

The Telegram editorialists are finally putting it all together, at least when it comes to the provincial government’s energy company, the Muskrat Falls project and taxpayers: It looks a lot like the province would prefer all its eggs in one baske… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Strangling energy innovation