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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Dependence and Independence #nlpoli

For those who might be interested,  Tuesday’s post on Churchill Falls and Wednesday’s post on the road to Muskrat Falls are a summary of a draft on hydro-electricity development that’s been in the works for a couple of years now. It was supposed t… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Dependence and Independence #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Gandhi, Mandela, and a guy in a chicken suit #nlpoli

If the provincial New Democrats had sent a garden gnome around the province, odds are that the photos he’d have brought back would be more interesting than the stuff Earle McCurdy is posting from his wanderings around the province this summer.This is a… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Gandhi, Mandela, and a guy in a chicken suit #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The possible shift #nlpoli

If the polls are right, we could be looking at an unprecedented shift in politics in Newfoundland and Labrador.

We could be looking at lots of things but it’s a useful exercise to put a bunch of ideas on the table.  That’s about the only way you can tease out rends that others won’t see.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Great War and Newfoundland Political Memory #nlpoli

“It is sobering to think,”  historian Sean Cadigan wrote in the Telegram on Tuesday, “that the memory of the casualties of war has been used partially for later political purposes for almost a century.”

Cadigan was recounting the history of the ceremony on July 1 that started in 1917 to mark the anniversary of the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Great War and Newfoundland Political Memory #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Identity Crisis #nlpoli

Newfoundland is changing, Michael Crummey writes in the Newfoundland nationalists’ newspaper, the Globe and Mail.  House prices are climbing in St. John’s.  There are plenty of expensive restaurants around and people to eat the food and drink the wine sold there.

“But,”  says Crummey,  “while oil execs tuck into their gourmet fish, much of rural . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Identity Crisis #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Remembering… or not #nlpoli

The news release that announced a provincial commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War includes right at the start a picture of two couples, one older, and a small child.

The photograph is curious.

Look closely at it.

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Calgary Grit: Provincial Unrest

Alison Redford’s approval ratings have fallen to “Stelmachian” levels

Angus Reid has released their quarterly Premier approval ratings. As per usual, Brad Wall is more popular than God, and everyone else is a little more human:

Wall (SK): 64% approve, 28% disapprove Alward (NB): 41% approve, 50% disapprove Selinger (MB): 38% approve, 49% . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Provincial Unrest

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Some Thoughts on Politics, Myth, and Identity #nlpoli

Your humble e-scribbler saw a couple of comments last week that said the NDP town hall on Muskrat Falls was a good argument against having a referendum on the megaproject.  Some people were quite badly misinformed, so the commentary went, not just… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Some Thoughts on Politics, Myth, and Identity #nlpoli

Pressing Politics: A Mythbuster’s Rebuttal: Transmission Lines, Holyrood Oil and Renewable Resources

I have to give Ed Hollett credit… he is a sharp minded fellow. After my blog on Tuesday where I purport to debunk three myths on Muskrat Falls, Hollett responded with three captivating posts in response here, here and here. … Continue readi… . . . → Read More: Pressing Politics: A Mythbuster’s Rebuttal: Transmission Lines, Holyrood Oil and Renewable Resources

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: Beaumont Hamel and the Newfoundland nation #nlpoli

Mark Humphries is an historian at Memorial University.  He spoke with CBC’s Chris O’Neill-Yates on July 1 about the impact of Beaumont Hamel on Newfoundland and Labrador.

Humphries does an interesting job of putting the 700 dead and wounded on that day into a larger context. He likened it to 161,000 Canadian males between 19 . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Beaumont Hamel and the Newfoundland nation #nlpoli

Calgary Grit: Provincial Matters

Charest stands a better chance running against this guy, than against Pauline Marois and Francois Legault

Your Friday morning coast-to-coast link roundup:

Atlantic Canada: CRA’s quarterly poll numbers have been released, showing the PCs up by 12 in New Brunswick and the NDP up by just 2 in Nova Scotia. The PEI headlines . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Provincial Matters

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A river runs through it #nlpoli

Jerry Bannister’s paper “A river runs through it:  Churchill Falls and the end of Newfoundland history” is now available in the latest issue of Acadiensis.

This paper was the basis for his talks last winter on myths in local politics and history and oil and “have” status.  They were well attended and prompted some pretty . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A river runs through it #nlpoli