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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Tiny pebbles in an empty washtub #nlpoli

For the third day in a row,  the opposition has asked one question over and over again, with a couple of minor variations.They’ve asked education minister Dale Kirby why the New Liberal government that took over last December hasn’t called ele… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Tiny pebbles in an empty washtub #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A Biblical finish #nlpoli

Paul Davis wasn’t around on Tuesday night to talk to reporters about the by-elections.  He had a family medical problem to deal with.

So the job of speaking for the government fell to Steve Kent, the self-promoting wonder from Mount Pearl whose fan club makes Danny’s look like a bunch of slackers.  No biggie, said . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A Biblical finish #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Premier Mulligan #nlpoli

The news on Monday was not Frank Coleman’s announcement.

The news was in the reaction of provincial Conservatives to word that Coleman wouldn’t be Premier after all.

They skipped past the obligatory expressions of concern over Coleman’s unspecified family problem and quickly went on to talk up the chances the party now had to hold . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Premier Mulligan #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: And then things went horribly wronger… #nlpoli

John Crosbie, the elder statesmen of Conservatives in the province took a shot at Danny Williams for his continued interference in the internal affairs of the provincial Conservatives.

Danny blew a gasket and willingly gave interviews to every media outlet in town, thereby guaranteeing that the story that can only do even more damage to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: And then things went horribly wronger… #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Playing with the Ferryman #nlpoli

The ferry service between Newfoundland and Cape Breton is economically important to the province as a whole, but it’s especially sensitive for Port aux Basques.

Marine Atlantic announced a change in the summer ferry schedule on Thursday.  The company will reduce the number of crossings daily and put one of its ferries on stand-by in . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Playing with the Ferryman #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Crazy Train Wreck #nlpoli

Premier-in-waiting Frank Coleman was off in Toronto on Monday – reputedly undergoing intensive media training -  and so he wasn’t willing to talk to reporters about anything, least of all the controversy about his views on abortion.

When Bill Barry dropped out of the Conservative leadership on Thursday, Coleman became the leader by default.  The . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Crazy Train Wreck #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Pearl Necklace #nlpoli

Mount Pearl is alive with rumours this week that Steve Kent is trying to cross the floor (back) to the Liberals.

Kent’s open dispute with the education minister Clyde Jackman over school re-organization in the bedroom city seems to have been the catalyst for the flurry of rumours.

Now it could all be nothing, except . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Pearl Necklace #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Talk is cheap. #nlpoli

It was only a matter of time before the government that says more and more about less and less figured out that its best mouthpiece was Steve Kent, right, the minister of perpetual self-parody.

No one can talk more while saying little of substance and so it is quite natural that Kent – the ultimate . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Talk is cheap. #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Your future is in their hands: Filibuster edition #nlpoli #scoutsdishonour

Government House Leader @King_Darin  doesn’t think the standard of debate during the current filibuster over the Muskrat Falls bills comes up to his high standards.

Maybe he’s right.

Here’s King’s fellow Conservative Steve Kent in a picture taken in the House during debate last night.  Kent  was tweeting the crap out of his claim than . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Your future is in their hands: Filibuster edition #nlpoli #scoutsdishonour

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cabinet Audition #nlpoli

According to former Tory caucus member Tom Osborne, caucus knew a month ago that Kathy Dunderdale would be shuffling her cabinet in October.

That’s bizarre in itself.

But now we know why Steve Kent has been busily telling anyone who would listen and more who didn’t care about  his love for The Leader and her . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cabinet Audition #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Osborne versus Kent #nlpoli

The only thing more entertaining than watching the “member that works” leave the provincial Conservative caucus was watching the provincial Conservatives send out the always-credible Steve Kent to talk about party loyalty.

Only a few short weeks ago, the pair were featured in a government news release praising up a can of Matchless paint.

. . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Osborne versus Kent #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: If they don’t stop it, we’ll go blind #nlpoli

You have to wonder sometimes how far Tory politicians will go to issue a good news comment of some kind during the time when the government pollster is in the field.

They are the only ones who do this, apparently, as part of the Tories’ organized effort to skew public opinion polls and then crow . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: If they don’t stop it, we’ll go blind #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: If Ontarians jumped off the wharf… #nlpoli

Ontarians subsidized electricity exports from their province to the tune of about $2.50 a kilowatt hour according to a recent report by the Council for Clean and Reliable Energy and covered by thestar.com.

The total works out to about $1.2 billion annually.

About 80% of Ontario’s electricity generation comes from contracts with producers that exceed . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: If Ontarians jumped off the wharf… #nlpoli

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Gander at the goosing #nlpoli

Apparently, your humble e-scribbler got on Steve Kent’s nerves.

The Conservative politician and his friends have been bombarding Twitter and Open Line shows since the middle of July will all sorts of their old poll-goosing tactics.  So yours truly has been re-tweeting some of the little comments with an added remark like “Gee, you’d . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Gander at the goosing #nlpoli