NL needs a
revolution. It’s just possible that the seeds of revolt are germinating. A
recent VOCM “Question of the Day” Poll may have revealed such an undercurrent.
It wasn’t a
scientific Poll in the tradition of CRA, MQO or one of the many market opinion
research entities offering political parties and detergent retailers essential
it offer a representative sample of a defined population or even a statistical probability
of accuracy (as in 19 times out of 20).
But it boasted
three compelling components which, taken together, stand out: it was strikingly
relevant, offered a choice of unambiguous answers, and attracted a high level of
respondents — in excess of 10,000.
read simply: What measures will you take if power rates continue to increase?
|VOCM “Question of the Day” July 31, 2017|
province” was the choice of about 67% of total respondents (there may have been a
later version of the exhibit shown above). Though the open poll left plenty of room for flippancy, still it seems NFLDers
are prepared for a quite drastic resolution to the problem of increasing
application for a rate increase of more than 6% in each of the next two years —
totalling 13% — awaits approval by the PUB. And we haven’t even gotten to the granddaddy of rate imposition: paying
for the whole Muskrat Falls project.
rate proposal is just a warm–up. It seems we are being saved from “rate-shock”
mitigation — which may be distinct from “rate” mitigation, though that is not likely.
has drawn an imaginary line in the sand at 17 cents per kWh, and wants Nalcor to
come up with solutions to prevent the number going higher.
the Premier is just practicing comedy lines for a post-First Ministerial
no capacity to perform as he suggests — although they can make the problem bigger! And they are working on that.
Likely they won’t willingly confess to having falsely contrived the original estimates,
making a Forensic Audit unnecessary. A weak Premier certainly won’t tell the
bondholders that they have been fools — that we are not paying the money back — unless the public gives him his marching orders.
But back to
what was striking about the VOCM Poll.
of many — far too many — is to leave the province. Rather than fight for their
financial well-being, they want to cut and run!
How many are serious is difficult to determine.
might like to thumb their noses at a bunch of incompetent — possibly deceitful,
and even corrupt — politicians and bureaucrats. But against the realities of why we
live here — family roots and sense of community, as a start — there won’t be more
than a few dozen souls who will make the trek across the Gulf solely to escape the
cost of electricity.
In fact, if
only ten percent of the number that say they will leave actually do so, it
will be greater than the number that left the province following the cod
So folks, like
it or not, the VOCM Poll results seems like an exercise in ‘feel-good’. But it won’t let you escape your electrical
there is an option — even if it’s not the most attractive.
What you need
to decide is whether you intend pay for someone else’s deceit and tomfoolery —
their big salaries and bonuses and severance packages, and the profits of
companies, small and large, who have fed off your naiveté, your partisanship,
and your trust.
Or do you
plan to look in the mirror with the determination to see a revolutionary looking
VOCM Poll, the choices are fairly stark.
has been ransacked. The question is: are you content to pay a robbers’ ransom?
“rolled over”, choosing to “play dead”? Is the VOCM Poll just an expression of
your resignation — your inability to influence your politics?
For sure, if not resignation, the
Poll reflects a frightened public. Likely people see themselves faced with the impossible choices those rate increases will demand — hence the knee-jerk
reaction: “we’ll just leave”.
let Nalcor keep on spending. He will suppress any attempt to expose deceit or
corruption, too. He will let a government — unwise and weak to the point of
capriciousness — drown us in debt, oblivious to its consequences.
It’s time you got your mojo back. That is metaphor for suggesting ‘you have to get off your collective asses’. You have to put behind you your partisanship,
your wilful naiveté, even your misplaced faith in Danny Williams.
It is time
that you — yes, you — became a revolutionary. You need to own up to the existential
threat which the public debt and Muskrat Falls poses, to you and your family.
another saviour is akin to waiting for Godot.
Waiting for a Forensic
Audit is an assurance that the miscreants will have left the province long before
you choose to lay awake at night contemplating how you will ever get all your
things into that U-Haul, you might at least put up a modest fight, and let a
quisling Premier know that he must:
Auditor to report on the Muskrat Falls project.
that threat about packing the U-Haul and feeling even better.
Do I see a “revolutionary”
in the mirror?