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“All spectacle and no substance”

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Beyond the colourful media coverage and incriminatory political punditry that have turned Kathy Dunderdale’s resignation into the biggest story of the year, is that other story that isn’t going anywhere: reality

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Spending our way to more poverty

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Millions spent on the provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy compared to percentage indicators of poverty in NL

In 2006, Danny Williams declared poverty reduction a strategic priority for the province. Since then childhood poverty has risen 70%.

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CETA: taking stock(s)

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The Canada-European Union free trade agreement is coming. Labrador and Newfoundland are both part of Canada. Sadly, but ultimately, Canada controls our fisheries.

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“Right-sizing” the public sector

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It’s time to take a look at our swelling public sector as the provincial government gets ready to deliver its budget on Tuesday.

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Fighting words (part 2)

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In the second half of our feature interview with former premier Brian Peckford, he talks about his former party, the past (and future) of the fishery, Meech Lake and why Brian Tobin’s turbot war enrages him to this day

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Backchecks and SLAPP shots: Protecting public debate

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With corporate activity expanding, provincial government must enact legislation to protect public debate from thin-skinned, deep-pocketed developers

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Little opposition to massive expansions of St. John’s

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St. John’s is closer to getting a whole lot bigger. The CBC is reporting that very little opposition was voiced at a St. John’s public hearing Tuesday night on opening up two massive blocks of land to development. The blocks of land in questions are “Danny-Land” in the Southlands region of the city bordering Mount Pearl, and the land off Kenmount Road near the Kelsey Drive business park. “We have been seeking locations for our retailers in the west for years and they are very excited about the Southlands development,” said Kevin King, president of the real estate company KMK Capital. In order for development to go ahead, the province must allow land to be developed over the 190-metre contour level. Is planning in large chunks better than the piecemeal approach the city has been following up until now? What planning best-practices should these developments be forced to adhere to…

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Is it too late for the Liberal party?

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Kieran Hanley explores how the Liberals went from governing to 6% support in St. John’s in just 9 years

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The story of Danny and Dean

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On Friday The Telegram published an article worth looking at which compares the stories of Danny Williams and Dean MacDonald; MacDonald is a former business partner of Williams whose interest in the leadership of the provincial Liberal party has been rumoured for many years – but now seems to be gaining some momentum. The Telegram makes the point that Newfoundlanders always seem to be searching for the star premier – whether it be a Joey, a Clyde, a Brian, or a Danny. Are we now looking for a Dean? Check out the read at the link below. Source: The Telegram

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MacDonald ‘not not’ not saying no Liberal leadership aspirations

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Everything seems to be going according to plan… Businessman Dean MacDonald made an appearance last night on CBC television because he was giving a lecture to the Conception Bay Chamber of Commerce – but spent his time answering questions about his political aspirations instead. He was asked directly about the leadership of the provincial Liberal party, which he has often been linked to, but always avoided until now. Is he interested? “… I just don’t want to say yes, but I’m certainly not going to say no” he said. “The province may need someone who’s prepared to roll up their sleeves and put in the effort, and who has a love of this place and if I happen to be the right person at that time, well, that may happen,” MacDonald said. The mere fact MacDonald appeared on television to answer questions like these is a pretty strong indication of…

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Williams welcomes criticisms of Muskrat Falls project

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In an interview with the Telegraph-Journal, former Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams says that he welcomes constructive criticism about the Lower Churchill project, but does not think the intrinsic value of the project can be undermined. “The basic principles are still sound: we’re tied to oil here; we get off oil; we go on hydro; we have a fixed rate over time; we break the gridlock from Quebec; we have another route, we provide power into Atlantic Canada; we have a partnership in Nova Scotia and eventually some of that power will flow through to New Brunswick.” Williams is preparing to join Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani at a SPARK motivational event in Saint John on Tuesday, but when pressed on the topic he ‘still considers the Lower Churchill hydroelectric project his legacy for the future prosperity of Atlantic Canada’. “There are always a million reasons to say why not,” Williams…

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The election – 4 years ago

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The Independent roots through its archives to present the political scene just 4 years ago – on the eve of the 2007 election.

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The PCs: Smooth Sailing

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Barring a monumental collapse in support, the party will be just fine heading into their 3rd consecutive majority government.

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The NDP: A Long way to go

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In this 3-part series, the results of the 2007 election are represented geographically, giving us an idea of the work ahead for each party to win even just one more seat.

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Senior civil servant leaves position to aid Tories

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Len Simms, a former PC leader and a minister in former premier Brian Peckford’s cabinet, has stepped down as the head of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation so he can help the provincial Progressive Conservative Party in the upcoming election campaign. Former premier Danny Williams appointed him head of the NLHC in 2005, a role he left in 2007 to help Williams get re-elected. It will be interesting to see where Simms may end up after the election finishes. Source: CBC

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A look into the history of the Churchill

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In the months and years ahead we are all going to be hearing quite a bit about the upper Churchill and the lower Churchill hydro electric projects.

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Nalcor and Lower Churchill opponents spar over report

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While Nalcor officials are unhappy with a report on the project’s environmental, social, and economic impact, environmental groups are saying they are happy with the report. The Joint Panel Review of the Lower Churchill Project called Nalcor’s analysis “inadequate.” “We agree completely with the panel’s recommendation that the independent review is required,” said Liberal leader Kevin Aylward. “We’ve been saying that all along. And it will be part of our party platform, including public consultation, and we are looking at bringing in energy experts in North America who understand the energy grid and understand economics.” Meanwhile former premier Danny Williams also commented on the review Friday, saying that work on the Lower Churchill project needs to continue. “People have a right to scrutinize. People have a right to ask questions. You know, I welcome that,” he said. Source: CBC

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A self-defeating argument

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If Kevin Aylward and his Liberals are to have any chance in this election campaign, it won’t be through attacking Muskrat Falls.

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The stakes just got higher

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With Yvonne Jones stepping down as leader, the dynamic of the Fall provincial election transforms.

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