Province, federal government and Nalcor all have a hand in the incarceration of the Inuk grandmother and land protector, says Amnesty spokesperson.
“I have to be brave for her,” says 23-year-old son of Beatrice Hunter, who is described as a “family-oriented” person who would “never hurt a fly.”
As elders, river protectors and other concerned locals vow more direct actions, Labrador MP Yvonne Jones says she has alerted the Prime Minister of concerns as the federal government considers a loan guarantee to the province to finish construction of the controversial hydro project.
Here are two things Justin Trudeau’s Liberals ought to do right away. Plus, a warning for the provincial Liberals.
Many Canadians, including Liberal Party supporters, are disgruntled over the Liberal Party of Canada’s support for the Harper Government’s controversial anti-terrorism legislation, which has them questioning whether the once presumptive future government is really any different from the Conservatives.
Against nationwide opposition, the Conservative Government’s impending “anti-terror” legislation passed its third reading in Parliament last week with the support of most Newfoundland and Labrador MPs.
As the federal and provincial governments steamroll ahead with plans to dam the Lower Grand River (known as Mistashipu to many locals), individuals and aboriginal groups in Labrador are raising their voices in opposition to what many see as an appropriation of their land without fair compensation.
A newly released poll pegs PC support in Newfoundland and Labrador at 54 percent of voter support, while the NDP were up to 24 percent from 20 percent some months ago; the Liberal Party remained at 22 percent. The poll was conducted between Aug. 15 — the day after Kevin Aylward was appointed leader of the Liberal party — and Aug. 31, the last day of a string of high-profile spending announcements that the governing Tories have made this summer. Premier and PC leader Kathy Dunderdale was pleased with the numbers, as was NDP’s Lorraine Michael whose party moved into 2nd place for the first time. Liberal leader Aylward took the poll results in stride, saying that the Liberals intend to fight for every seat in the province. “This means to me that there is work to do, but I can say this with the candidates that we have now…
Former Auditor General John Noseworthy created a stir last week when he mentioned that the Liberal party had outright offered him the leadership of the party. That comment seemed to fall by the wayside until yesterday when Noseworthy announced he would be running in the next election – for the PCs. But now the president of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Liberal party is rejecting that claim. “Either Mr. Noseworthy is mistaken or there was a miscommunication,” said Liberal President Judy Morrow. Morrow did concede that the situation was likely discussed with him. “I have no doubt, as he says, that he’s spoken with Mr. Parsons or Mrs. Jones. That may have very well been the case, to have been encouraged or to see if he may be interested in the position.” Source: CBC
Just two months before an election the communications director for the provincial Liberal party has resigned. “My commitment was to help [outgoing Liberal leader Yvonne Jones] and her team through to the election,” Craig Westcott told CBC. Westcott’s hiring last October was a controversial one, as he had been a candidate for the federal Conservatives in the 2008 election. Westcott says he will return to working full-time on his two small newspapers, the Business Post and the Irish Loop Post. Source: CBC
Yvonne Jones introduced Kevin Aylward as the new leader of the provincial Liberal party following a first-ballot win over other candidates.”We’re going to have an interesting time ahead. Fifty, 60 days is a long time in politics,” he said. Aylward was first elected in the district of St. George’s-Stephenville in 1985 and held that seat until 2003 when he decided not to run again. During that time he served in the cabinet of Premiers Clyde Wells, Brian Tobin, and Roger Grimes, heading the Environment and Labour, Forest Resources, and Tourism and Culture ministries. Aylward now plans to run in that same riding against Joan Burke – who has held the seat for the PCs since his retirement. Source: CBC
Virtual town hall allows supporters and public to weigh in on leadership candidates
So far all three parties are seeing significantly lower numbers of women candidates coming forward for the October provincial election
There is a report this morning from VOCM that former Chief of Defence Rick Hillier may be interested in the leadership of the Liberal Party. There has been no confirmation of this rumour, but it has already been a busy 24 hrs in the contest to succeed resigned Yvonne Jones. In the mix officially at this point are provincial Liberal party stalwart Danny Dumaresque and mainlander and former PC leader hopeful Brad Cabana, with St. John’s Lawyer Bern Coffey and former cabinet minister Chuck Furey said to be close to announcing their bid. Former federal MP Siobhan Coady is weighing her options, but is reportedly closer to the “no” side. Meanwhile Randy Simms, Dean MacDonald, and John Noseworthy have stated they will not be running. The race is on to noon on Friday! Source: VOCM
Those Liberals aren’t toying with the idea of a long leadership contest. Those interested in the position have to file their papers by noon on Friday, with no nomination signatures required but a $500 fee. Those who put their hat in the ring are invited to make a presentation to the Liberal executive on Sunday, after which the executive will immediately vote for the ‘winner’. It should be an interesting few days for Provincial politics. Source: CBC
Enough vague promises. This is our last chance to get something right.
Yvonne Jones, leader of the provincial Liberal party, is resigning from her position. Jones, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2010, is reportedly citing the advice of her doctor in making her decision. The departure of the Liberal leader comes just two months prior to a provincial election. For more the resignation of Jones and what this means for the political landscape, click here to take a look at Kieran Hanley’s article “The stakes just got higher” at TheIndependent.ca. Jones is scheduled to go in front of microphones at 1:30pm this afternoon. Source: CBC
With Yvonne Jones stepping down as leader, the dynamic of the Fall provincial election transforms.
The fourth session of the 46th general assembly has come to an end. What does that mean exactly? That means that Newfoundland & Labrador’s provincial politicians won’t be passing any more legislation or debating issues inside the Confederation Building for a while. The next big date for most of them: Tuesday, October 11 – election day. PC Joan Burke says that the government’s actions this session ere a continuation of their plans which were laid out by their party in 2003 – strong financial management. Liberal leader Yvonne Jones wasn’t so impressed with the session, saying that there was no new significant legislation which means there are no new significant ideas on the government’s behalf. NDP leader Lorraine Michaels was proud that the home heating rebate made it into the government’s budget and takes credit for that.
The Conservative party is set to introduce legislation into the House of Commons in June that will significantly change Canada’s Senate. One new bill will impose term limits on all senators, including those already in the chamber; the other will allow provinces to hold elections for senators whenever seats become available. During previous debates about imposing term limits and electing senators, some constitutional experts have argued that the legislation would be found unconstitutional if challenged in the courts. But the Conservatives believe that the federal government has the constitutional authority to go this far in changing the rules of the Senate. Currently, senators are appointed by the prime minister, and can serve until the age of 75. It seems that Liberal leader Yvonne Jones wasn’t too far off of the mark last week when she suggested Newfoundland and Labrador take it upon itself to elect its next Senator.