Waiting For Godot is a celebrated play by Samuel
Beckett in which two characters, Valdimir and Estragon, are waiting for a
person — Godot — who never arrives. The Ball Administration serves as parody
for the tragicomedy. Like the government, as one writer says of Waiting For Godot, “the sheer emptiness
and randomness of the plot causes the audience (or reader) to wonder if
anything is going to happen”.
Coady especially resemble Valdimir and Estragon — though possibly the tramps,
Didi and Gogo, too because, like them, they seem to have no part to play.
departs from Beckett’s a little, but only because Coady can expect an appearance
from the Auditor General, just not with the package she pretends he is
knows he will offer no guidance on the “falsification” issue over which
Nalcor’s whistleblower has sounded the alarm. Her performance is simply the
pretense that he will.
posted a story on November 11, 2016 stating that Auditor General (A-G) Terry
Paddon had “… told the media… his staff will take a look at Nalcor Energy, a
review which could possibly include the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric
that the AG was “not quite clear what [he] will be looking for,” adding:
will go in with as broad a thought process as possible, and sort
of look at a wide range of areas… You could look at procurement, you could
look at compensation, you could look at business processes, those sorts of
to May 11, 2017.
Resources Minister Siobhan Coady, in another CBC article co-written by reporter
Rob Antle and Morning Show Host Anthony Germain, had the Minister on record
responding to the Nalcor whistleblower. The professional engineer had “called
for a forensic audit, to find out why early cost projections for the hydro
megaproject were “ridiculously low””.
recorded Coady stating that government “… officials are waiting for the auditor
general to finish a broad review of Nalcor Energy first”.
not opposed to looking at a forensic audit,” said Coady, “… we have a lot of
going to look at what the auditor general does uncover and talk to [him] at the
time, and then consider how we move [forward], what’s the next steps from
that I recently called attention to the A-G’s vague plans and suggested
that “Coady comments transmit the unmistakable odour of delay”.
an email from Independent MHA Paul Lane on Thursday, June 8, 2017. En passant,
Mr. Lane said that he had spoken with Auditor General “Terry Paddon last week”
and “he is not looking into anything related to MF [Muskrat Falls]. He is
doing a more general look at staffing, procurement policies, etc” with respect
that I was not giving away any confidences, I replied to Mr. Lane asking permission to
use his exchange with the A-G. I receive his approval together with the suggestion that Coady was using the
AG’s review as “the excuse to do nothing and hope it blows over”. The MHA
should be a Playwright!
further that he hoped that one of the reasons that the A-G is looking at Nalcor is
“because of my constant phone calls, emails, face to face meetings and the
literally hundreds of people I got to call his office, email him, etc. He
has a file 8 inches thick.”
The Member had made a claim to which he is entitled.
as it is of or any “oversight” institution. Equally, I am well aware that Independent
Members get the chance to share far less information than a Minister or a
Premier. As you ascend the pecking order of politicians, those in government have far more
advisors and whisperers.
if the A-G tells a single Member about the scope of an Audit when allegations of falsification — so serious that they may
amount to criminal fraud — are swirling around the province, you might expect that Minister Coady has made it
her business to know, too… unless she is in a far greater state of denial than
Vladimir and Estragon which, admittedly, is likely.
Minister to say that she is waiting for what the Audit uncovers knowing, as she
and the Premier must, that the A-G is not looking at Muskrat Falls at all,
is tantamount to “ghosting”, as one writer said of Vladimir and Estragon as they
await the arrival of Godot.
difference is that Ball and Coady pass the time with bafflegab, rather than insults and
fitness routines — tools of dither which Beckett gave his
characters — the two politicians hopeful that a forgetful public awaits only a
it is possible that Paul Lane didn’t actually speak with the A-G at all and that,
like Beckett’s characters, his encounter with the province’s auditor was merely
likely, Coady is awaiting something that will not arrive today… but surely