Monday, 13 January 2020

“OUT OF THE LOOP” STURGE: ENTITLEMENTS REVEALED

When Derrick Sturge, the “not in the loop” Nalcor Chief Financial Officer, went off with a compensation package of approximately $900,000 last November, CEO Stan Marshall stated in a release that he was legally entitled to a compensation package of approximately $900,000. Now the Uncle Gnarley Blog has obtained details of the “package”; we can say candidly that Stan likely worked harder bending paper clips for Fortis Inc. than he he did hold Sturge to account. 

Friday, 10 January 2020

JOHN C. CROSBIE, R.I.P.

One of Newfoundland and Labrador's most able politicians, John C. Crosbie, passed away today. He has already been missed from the political stage for a few years; now we justifiably mourn his passing. This Blog wrote two Posts on the man whose biography was perfectly titled "No Holds Barred". One, called "Where Have You been John C. Crosbie?", welcomed his putting Danny Williams in his place in 2014 for meddling in the P.C. Leadership Campaign of that year. Another, a 2013 post called "Crosbie Can't Be Serious" contained a facetious chastising for what respectfully of the octogenarian, I had deemed must really have been a 'tongue in cheek' condemnation of Muskrat; it being completely out of character for him to give a nod to such a crazy idea. 

Both pieces, however, speak to the contributions he has made to the Province, his sharp wit and sharper mind, and especially his ability to speak his mind and not be fettered by political correctness. I still regard both pieces a tribute to the man and the place he carved out out in the hearts and minds of many people and surely in the annals of Newfoundland and Labrador history. Here is Where Have You Been John C. Crosbie?

Monday, 6 January 2020

MUSKRAT'S "DOOZY" OF A PROBLEM

Guest Post by James L. Gordon

What else can go wrong – this one is a doozy!

There are 3 synchronous condensers (SD) at the Soldiers Pond substation on the Avalon         
Peninsula, the down-power end of the DC transmission line.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

TOP TEN POSTS OF 2019 AND OTHER SNIDE REMARKS

It is time to list the top ten posts of 2019 and to thank those who contributed to the work. But, first, a quick word about the year that was. Most notably, the province's fiscal position continued to slide, lacking as it does essential political leadership to deal with the problem. The Ball Government remains stuck in a prescient mindset, one preoccupied solely with the Liberal Party's re-election.  


The annual cash deficit of the Government remains at the $2 billion level. The Governing Liberals and the Opposition Parties — PC and NDP — have the same agenda: keep the public placated, maintain the illusion that there is no crisis, and otherwise keep public expectations of them low. 

As to other sectors of Newfoundland and Labrador society, including business and unions, short-term self-interest prevails. For all of them, serendipity (translated as “offshore oil”) will provide a “fix” for gross mismanagement in a Province boasting the second largest per capita revenues of any Canadian Province. 

Friday, 27 December 2019

HOW THE BARD SEES TWENTY TWENTY

TWENTY TWENTY

Our eyesight norm sees twenty-twenty,
Of resources, we have plenty-plenty,
Yet myopic Pols in spendthrift form
Now view the till on empty-empty:

Link power a software-fatigue tale,
Bad vibrations! Ferries fail to sail,
FooteBall games. The Recycle waste!
Rare Physicians, Deferred oil revenue? - Leaders flail.

Monday, 16 December 2019

A FINANCE MINISTER WHO BELIEVES IN SANTA CLAUS

The Government’s Fiscal Update released last Wednesday by Finance Minister, Tom Osborne, depicts a government continuing to lead the public over a steep fiscal cliff.
The decline in revenue of $393 million, which the Minister announced, is not in dispute. But his press statement to the effect that the Budget surplus for 2019-20 has been reduced by $368.7 million is transparently not true. The Government is running a seriously large deficit - not a surplus.
Osborned is engaged in a process that is worse than double counting.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

CARLA FOOTE AFFAIR: DOES OPPOSITION HAVE METTLE TO FACE DOWN DISHONESTY?


Dwight Ball's effort to dump the Carla Foote appointment on Chris Mitchelmore is akin to leaving the house in the charge of a kid whom you wouldn't trust near a hot stove.

Ball is not credible on the issue. Anyone who knows anything about government in Newfoundland also knows that the kind of cronyism represented by Foote's appointment minimally requires the boss' approval. The attribution by then Rooms' CEO Dean Brinton to the Departmental Deputy and Mitchelmore, to the effect that the Premier "had offered Carla Foote the position", is simply an acknowledgement of the chain of command.