The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Spending Comparisons #nlpoli

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released its annual summary of health care spending health care last week. This is a pretty basic collection of numbers that show how much money we spend on health care, whether it is from provincial, federal, or private sources. The report made the news, as it always does.  ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A failed petrostate? Look closer #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Andrew Leach at macleans.ca took issue on Monday with the idea Canada’s economy is overly dependent on oil production. Leach notes that both the oil industry and oil industry critics tend to over-estimate the share oil represents of the value of all goods and services produced in the country during the year. These people will ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: House of Cards (Part B) #nlpoli

Continued from Part A Terry Lynn Karl is the author of The paradox of plenty: oil booms and petro-states., one of the best known books on the resource curse or rentierism.  Karl described the essence of rentierism in an article she originally wrote in 2007 and revised in 2009: Oil wealth produces greater spending on ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: House of Cards (Part A) #nlpoli

_______________________________________________ This is the third in a four part series on the current financial crisis the provincial government is facing.  The first instalment – “The origins of rentierism in Newfoundland and Labrador” – appeared on Tuesday and the second – “Other People’s Money”  – appeared on Wednesday.  The third instalment – “Rentierism at the national ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Rentierism at the national and sub-national level #nlpoli

_______________________________________________ This is the third in a four part series on the current financial crisis the provincial government is facing.  The first instalment – “The origins of rentierism in Newfoundland and Labrador” – appeared on Tuesday and the second – “Other People’s Money”  – appeared on Wednesday. _______________________________________________ A rentier is a person who lives ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Other People’s Money #nlpoli

_______________________________________________ This is the second in a four part series that offers an interpretation of the current financial crisis the provincial government is facing.  The first instalment – “The origins of rentierism in Newfoundland and Labrador” – appeared on Tuesday. ______________________________________________ As much as people imagine a great difference between the Confederate and anti-Confederate forces ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Origins of Rentierism in Newfoundland and Labrador #nlpoli

______________________________________________ Over the next four days, SRBP will offer an interpretation of the political underpinnings of the current financial crisis.  This series goes beyond the immediate to place recent events in both historical and comparative, international perspective.  The first two instalments briefly describe so9me characteristics of the political system and newfoundland political history before 1934 ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kathy Dunderdale, give-aways, and the resource curse #nlpoli

Ontario has been interested in Gull Island since at least the 1990s.  We didn’t need Kathy Dunderdale to say that again as part of the advertising show she is mounting before finally admitting Muskrat Falls is a done deal. As recently as 2005, Dunderdale and her friends turned up their noses at Ontario’s offer to ...