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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Changes in the fishery #nlpoli

Your humble e-scribbler was on The Broadcast with Jane Adey, discussing the campaign to split the inshore fishermen from the FFAW.  Give it a listen if you missed it: CBC podcast.Three points:First, there are a couple of conflicts of interest inhe… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Changes in the fishery #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Setting fire to your own ass is never a good idea #nlpoli

While Paul Davis and the Conservatives were launching their official election campaign,  Ryan Cleary turned up in a recorded interview on NTV to talk about the controversy he embodies.

The single biggest thing Cleary did was confirm that his answer to David Cochrane last week was a lie.

Did you discuss running in Virginia Waters-Pleasantville, . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Setting fire to your own ass is never a good idea #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Media Training 101: Truth and Credibility #nlpoli

Last Friday, CBC’s David Cochrane asked Ryan Cleary about information Cochrane had – apparently from NDP sources  – that Cleary had tried to run in a district where the New Democrats already had a candidate.

They asked him specifically about Virginia Park-Pleasantville, where the NDP had already announced lawyer Bob Buckingham would be the star . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Media Training 101: Truth and Credibility #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Blue balls #nlpoli

Ryan Cleary didn’t become the punchline to any New Yorker cartoon at 3:00 PM last Friday afternoon.

Peg Norman and other local New Democrats may want to believe he did.  But he didn’t.’t

Norman laced into Cleary on Facebook Friday afternoon, calling Cleary’s decision to join the Tories “an indictment of Ryan’s dishonesty and disloyalty.”  . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Blue balls #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The United Newfoundland and Labrador Party #nlpoli

In preparation for the coming general election battle, the provincial Conservatives are digging in their headquarters within sight of the head waters of Shit Creek.

They are frustrated, as David Cochrane reports.  They cannot lay a glove on Dwight Ball and the Liberals. As a result, “[w]e are going to be very aggressive,”  a big . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The United Newfoundland and Labrador Party #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: An opportunity to feel like we’re part of the country again #nlpoli #cdnpoli

This is Craig Westcott’s editorial from The Pearl newspaper, reproduced with permission.. 

This is a tough column to write. Taking an editorial position in favour of one candidate over another when both have worked so hard in this election isn’t as easy as some partisans on either side might think.

My opinion is tempered . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: An opportunity to feel like we’re part of the country again #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Dead heat = dead meat #nlpoli

As the federal election winds down to the last day,  the result is likely going to be nothing any of the pundits expected.

Okay, the election isn;t winding down for the parties.  For them, it is winding up tighter than tighter, but for everyone else we are coming down to the end of things.

Anyway,  . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Dead heat = dead meat #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Les vrais newfies #nlpoli

Sometime late in the last century, Bloc NDP leader Tom Mulcair said something in the Quebec National Assembly about Newfies.

Mulcair apologised for the remark during his campaign stop in St. John’s on Sunday, and well he should

“Newfie” is a slur. Even if it is used by people from Newfoundland, the word is . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Les vrais newfies #nlpoli

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: Whatever happened to Ryan Cleary? #nlpoli

The story is the kind of thing that used to set the arch-nationalist Ryan Cleary screaming about the ignorance of mainlanders and tearing at his clothes over the latest proof of the evils of Confederation.

These days,  New Democrat member of parliament Ryan Cleary is apparently not interested in rending the Harry Rosen threads his . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Whatever happened to Ryan Cleary? #nlpoli

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– On the anniversary of Jack Layton’s death, Tim Harper points out how far the NDP has come in just a year, while Brian Topp highlights where the party still needs to go: (W)hat to do about the federal government’s crisis of relevance? Recent Liberal and Conservative governments have . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: What the cod moratorium wrought #nlpoli

The cod might be gone these 20 years but there are no shortage of people making a fine dollar telling us what it all means.

Surely the one making the most cash is Ryan Cleary, pulling down a paycheque as a member of parliament partly on the pledge to have an inquiry into why there . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: What the cod moratorium wrought #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Can we believe anything he says? #nlpoli

Climb-down Cleary is at it again.

Not surprisingly, Noob Bloc NDP member of parliament Ryan Cleary is furiously sucking back his latest effort to tell it like it is.

First, it was seals.

Take a position in 2008.

Repeat the position.

Then abandon it.

Now, it’s pensions.

Apparently, he really doesn’t think his pension should . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Can we believe anything he says? #nlpoli

You can’t make this stuff up

So the politician who used to spill plenty of ink to deride other politicians for holding town halls decided to hold one on his own. (More likely, it was decided for him, what with a bunch of NDP higher ups coming down from the mainland with marching orders).

And so, as our dear MP put . . . → Read More: You can’t make this stuff up

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: $#*! politicians say, pensions edition #nlpoli #cdnpoli

If you could get Noob Bloc-NDP member of parliament Ryan Cleary for what he is worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth, you could wipe out the Greek national debt instantly.

– srbp –

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: $#*! politicians do: pancakes edition #nlpoli

A year ago, he was running down politicians who host town halls for their constituents.

He called himself a s#*t-disturber for saying it.

Now that he’s got the job, noob Bloc-NDP member of parliament Ryan Cleary is all there for hosting them.

What does that make Ryan now?

– srbp –

. . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: $#*! politicians do: pancakes edition #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Does he believe anything he says? #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Now that he’s safely latched on the public tit in Ottawa, Noob Bloc-NDP MP Ryan Cleary says that everything he ever wrote was just to stir debate.

Well, that’s what he says now when a journalist confronts him with some of past comments, like bashing the crap out of Quebec, the seal hunt,  the European . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Does he believe anything he says? #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cleary on the Move #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Noob Bloc NDP member of parliament Ryan Cleary is on the move.

Backwards.

In the most recent seating plan for the House of Commons, Cleary’s seat goes all the way down the opposition side of the House down to the seats right next to the Tories, up in the back row.

The orange arrow shows . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cleary on the Move #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Nycole Turmel offers a reminder that we shouldn’t allow the Cons and their proxies to distract anybody with shiny objects when they’re so obviously wrong on the core issues facing the country: In taking aim at the Conservatives’ priorities, Ms. Turmel criticized Mr. Harper for his seeming preoccupation . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: With a bit of straw and a cocoanut #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Perhaps we should do as the wag said.

Perhaps we should appoint a royal commission to find noob Bloc NDP member of parliament Ryan Cleary’s position on the seal hunt.

A couple of nights ago Cleary spoke frankly about the seal hunt. 

Ordinarily, there’d be no nationalist symbol like the seal hunt that Cleary . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: With a bit of straw and a cocoanut #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ryan Cleary on ending the seal hunt, circa 2008 #nlpoli

To be fair to Ryan Cleary, this is not the first time he has suggested it is time to stop smashing seals over the head and selling off bits and pieces of them.

Sure Cleary’s the guy who has never met a nationalist myth he wouldn’t monger or touchstone he wouldn’t grope, but he has . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ryan Cleary on ending the seal hunt, circa 2008 #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: If this is bad… #nlpoli

Bloc NDP member of parliament Ryan Cleary thinks that Marine Atlantic’s 4.5% fare increase will put the province at a disadvantage when it comes to tourism and economic development. 

Cleary is also concerned about the impact on ordinary Newfoundlanders and Labradorians:

“Living in Newfoundland and Labrador is not cheap. This fare increase will eventually . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: If this is bad… #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bloc NDP wants more seats for Quebec

So apparently three’s not enough for the Bloc NDP, at least when it comes to adding seats in the House of Commons. The humorously titled democratic reform critic David Christopherson is quoted in the Globe and Mail: The NDP is demanding Stephen … . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bloc NDP wants more seats for Quebec

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Good to the last vote #nlpoli #cdnpoli

Two fish plant operators in the province want to see if they can make a few bucks making something to eat out of sea cucumbers. For those who may not be familiar with the creatures, know that they are not some sort of undersea plant.  They are … . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Good to the last vote #nlpoli #cdnpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bloc NDP MP backs Tory Premier Dunderdale #nlpoli

Noob Bloc NDP member of parliament Ryan Cleary wants voters in Newfoundland and Labrador to return Conservative Premier Kathy Dunderdale to power in this fall’s general election. VOCM reports that Cleary does not have any faith in Dunderdale’s lea… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Bloc NDP MP backs Tory Premier Dunderdale #nlpoli