Premier Kathy Dunderdale has received letters from all 3 federal party leaders who were responding to 14 specific policy questions she had hoped they would each address before votes were to be cast. The questions posed to the leaders ranged from the Lower Churchill project to search and rescue response time – and though there were no explosive responses, there are some of interest. Stephen Harper side-stepped questions regarding his government’s commitment to 5-Wing Goose Bay air base and the construction of a new penitentiary for the province. Michael Ignatieff committed to maintaining and strengthening operations in Goose Bay citing its strategic location, while Jack Layton was the most committed to allowing our province  to acquire Ottawa’s 8.5 per cent interest in the Hibernia project. Curiously, Dunderdale chose to solicit the leaders’ opinions a week after she had already endorsed Stephen Harper and his Conservatives.