the sidelines, the former Premier still hoping that some of his dignity might yet be
salvaged. He was waiting for his
brother, Tommy, to land a few body blows on Vardy and Penney. He left
attributed to Napoleon, one I had hoped our legal counsel would be mindful of.
A paraphrasing of the adage might read: never interrupt your adversary when he is in the
process of self-destruction.
It was the Commissioner, however, who wisely intervened, perhaps
saving Williams from himself. “I’m not too concerned about all the
personalities involved,” said Judge LeBlanc adding, “I don’t know what all the
love-hate relationships are, and to be quite honest with you I don’t really
care about that.”
other former NL Government officials, excluding Premier Dunderdale, was loudly
complaining that Uncle Gnarley had not joined the Vardy/Penney Panel.
suggesting that the credibility and the weight of the testimony of Mr. Vardy
and Mr. Penney is basically insignificant.” The former Premier added: “They’re
not megaproject experts. They’re not experts in anything that’s really particularly
relevant to this inquiry.”
engendered, it might be worth stating that every word I have ever uttered
relating to Muskrat has appeared on this Blog. It is all in the public sphere.
Vardy and Penney, on the other hand, have written significant interventions
directly to the provincial and federal governments, and made submissions
to the PUB during the DG2 reference. It made sense that the pair would have an opportunity to bring some
of those, and the analysis each bears, to light.
the Blog’s pageview counter into overdrive. Can it be that the two have become
so enthralled with narratives like “In Praise of Public Floggings” and “The
Limits of Partisanship” that they crave to hear more?
attributed a quote from the public floggings article to Dave Vardy. He was forced to beat a hasty retreat, having
been informed of his error. Of course, he had no apology!
two instances of the comments Vardy and Penney had made in answering questions.
residents of Newfoundland and Labrador are doing to reduce electricity, which is
to burn wood for heat. Mr. Williams asked if Mr. Vardy realized that wood
couldn’t replace electricity. Imagine Mr.Williams not having heard of the
invention of the wood stove.
end of the Upper Churchill contract in 2041 and whether the mechanism of
expropriation should be employed. Williams would know that the issue is both
complicated and moot, too. It is possible that his mistaken expropriation of the
Abitibi Grand Falls Mill – which left the Feds with a large bill after valuation and the Province another one for
demolition and environmental clean-up – still weighs.
exposures from the Inquiry are less about the facts than about scoring petty
likely knew that his failures would eventually cause him to meet his Waterloo.
century, as much as in the 21st, will exact a price. There are no exemptions,
even for Mr. Williams.
covered in dark clouds, his legacy project now earning the tortuous scrutiny of a
Judge, might still engender forgiveness from his once adoring hordes.
wonder why, after $12.7 billion and the promise of a doubling of power rates
without subsidy, he deserves any forbearance at all.