So who would be calling me at this hour? I picked up the phone.
"Nav... it is good to see that your work ethic is as good as ever. I am coming into town for the day. Are you up for lunch"
It was five hours later when I walked into the restaurant. It was quite even for a Monday. To be honest it was a relief. As my friend was was now on the list of "Known Critics", being seen with him, anywhere other than down the shore, was potentially career ending. I discretely took the table in the corner.
"We are just tea toter's this afternoon. My friend here will have sparkling water, and I will have a virgin scotch on the rocks".
Uncle Gnarley muttered to himself, "I think it is time I sell the shares in your company, Nav."
With that last statement, my old friend had earned his lunch. He had my interest peaked. I had to ask, "What do you mean by that, Gnarley?"
"Well, Uncle Gnarley, how does the system have to change?"
"Nav... the more I think about how the Westminster parliamentary system has evolved, in Canada, I draw the conclusion that it has contributed partially to this leadership void in Newfoundland and Labrador. It has to do with the centralization of power in the Premier's office, and the general weakening of cabinet. The politician's progression, through an empowered cabinet, is meant to groom and weed out potential successors. It is vital to succession planning and leadership development."
"Well, Nav... I do not want to sound arrogant when I say that consensus would have likely resembled our modest proposal.
Any reasonable political challenge of the Muskrat Falls plan would have resulted in a staged development. Meeting our current energy shortfalls, but waiting until the current boom of resource projects were completed before building the dam. It was so obvious a solution, that it could not have been be ignored by any group of insightful and objective politicians.
Editor's Note: This Post was written by "JM", the anonymous reseacher, writer and
presenter, to the PUB and in local Blogs, on the Muskrat Falls Project. JM has written a
number of earlier Uncle Gnarley pieces, including, most recently, "The Great Revolutionary From the Shore". His latest Paper is entitled: Muskrat Falls Revenue Stream: Fact or Fiction - Des Sullivan