The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Insiders #nlpoli

The story of the 2014 provincial Conservative Party leadership contest is a study in politics on its most basic level. It is a story of those with influence and of those who have less of it or none at all. It is a story of how politics actually works inside the Conservative Party, instead of ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Skinner and the useless provincial lobby law #nlpoli

Shawn Skinner used to be a provincial cabinet minister. Now he works for a construction company trying to get a major contract at Muskrat Falls. Skinner is the senior director of business development with Aecon. Presumably that job involves him meeting with or arranging meetings with people at Nalcor and the provincial government in an ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Williams set to offer comms director plum patronage job before he quit #nlpoli

In his final days as Premier, Danny Williams was poised to offer Elizabeth Matthews  – his communications director – a plum patronage appointment at the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board. A copy of a draft letter for Williams’ signature, included in a package of information released under the province’s access to information law, bore ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Three MF Amigos split up #nlpoli

Liberal leader Kevin Aylward may have personally been waffling about Muskrat Falls a week or so ago, but his position has shifted: An Aylward led government would immediately halt all spending on this project and establish a truly independent analysis to look at all options for meeting domestic energy demands.  The review currently before the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Okay, so it wasn’t a bus after all

But that doesn’t mean natural resources minister Shawn Skinner escaped completely unscathed from his episode on Backtalk on Wednesday. Here’s the latest version of a story about comments Skinner made on VO’s afternoon call-in show.  The head on the story was “Retraction”: The following story appeared on the web in a manner which left the ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Skinner throws AG under bus

Natural resources minister Shawn Skinner threw outgoing Attorney General John Noseworthy under the bus on Wednesday as he contradicted the AG’s claim he can’t get access to some of the offshore regulatory board’s records. Voice of the Cabinet Minister ran a story based on Skinner’s comments with the afternoon call-in show’s new host Pete Soucy.  ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Skinner makes false statement in letter to Telegram editor

Natural resources minister Shawn Skinner is writing more letters to the editor of the Telegram these days that the former Open Line hydro queen sends tweets. The government must have polling showing that the Muskrat Falls project isn’t going over well among the great unwashed. In his latest epistle to the unclean, Skinner writes: Hydro ...