me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser.”
Packers was unmistakable: equanimity should never be perceived as resignation
or acceptance even when a loss is beyond your control. Lombardi might have added,
for certainty as much as a warning: there’ll be a next time.
oblivious to the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s, has confirmed —
again — that he does not have the stuff of leadership.
What did he say when the Supreme Court of Canada gave its 7-1
decision last Friday on reopening the Upper Churchill Contract? “The past is
the past for us. The decision is the decision,” Ball told the media in a tone
of resignation. He added: “It will not interfere with the working relationship
we have with Quebec.”
opposing team a compliment would have constituted Vince Lombardi’s sole command,
for our leader the ink isn’t dry on the SCOC decision before he is playing
supplicant to Quebec.
Dwight is fond of turning his cheek a little too much!
|Premier Dwight Ball Photo Credit: CBC|
sordid history of Quebec’s connivance during the BRINCO negotiations, when
Hydro Quebec lured the company to the brink of bankruptcy with assurances of a
deal before blackmailing it into putting another 25 years on top of the 40
already agreed to — the price of continued solvency — it is the Premier’s job
to remind those Justices, the media and the Canadian public of the facts of
decision deepens our sense of grievance, that it is another hard day for NL in
2041 is coming,” the CBC reported. Evidently, he forgets that’s 23 years away!
saying ‘let bygones be bygones’ is neither a sensible nor realistic response to
an inequity that had been repeatedly compounded by the Superior Court of Quebec.
That Court can be counted upon to give Hydro-Quebec — and the Quebecois
political leadership — legal cover for their connivance and their disregard of
certain fundamental principles of Confederation.
excuse for Williams to act with the knee-jerk response of the narrow-minded —
screwing ourselves via Muskrat in order to screw Quebec — real leadership, the
kind that is smart, contemplative and resourceful (even Machiavellian) will
send a strong message to an adversary that the settling of scores is unfinished
Ball’s response is akin to Dunderdale’s during DarkNL: ‘I have
my fireplace. I’m doing fine. Why aren’t you?’
SCOC decision with a statement the equivalent of ‘everything is great’. “… The
two sides can now embark on a new era of collaboration,” said Cendrix Bouchard.
A far more truthful comment came from the CFLco solicitor, Doug Mitchell, who
suggested that the Contract “was a wound on Confederation.”
Upper Churchill Contract, if legal, was unfair or that the SCOC had failed to drain
the swamp of entitlement around which it and Ottawa tiptoes in matters dealing
with La Belle Province. Instead, our Aw Shucks Premier is happy that he gets to
the Supreme Court’s release not to bolster the flagging courage of a public
poisoned with shallow politicians and bleak economic prospects but to invoke
notions of leverage that never ever existed. The very idea that NL could have negotiated
a deal with Quebec in return for dropping the case is about as silly as
expecting the SCOC to overturn the Quebec Superior Court’s Decision in the
Renewal case now winding its way to the higher Court. Crosbie forgot to note that all Quebec ever offered was talk.
institutional framework that stops them from engaging in tomfoolery, and a public too willing to
give them unfettered licence. Given the behaviours of Williams and Dunderdale
he should know where to begin.
while far from reassuring, is still on test.
The immediate worry is Dwight Ball and his inability inspire public
confidence and to confirm that he is fit for work.
in some backroom negotiating with Hydro-Quebec!
are freezing in the dark.