It is time to list the top ten posts of 2019 and to thank
those who contributed to the work. But, first, a quick word about the year that
was. Most notably, the province’s fiscal position continued to slide, lacking
as it does essential political leadership to deal with the problem. The Ball
Government remains stuck in a prescient mindset, one preoccupied solely with
the Liberal Party’s re-election.
deficit of the Government remains at the $2 billion level. The Governing
Liberals and the Opposition Parties — PC and NDP — have the same agenda: keep
the public placated, maintain the illusion that there is no crisis, and otherwise
keep public expectations of them low.
business and unions, short-term self-interest prevails. For all of them,
serendipity (translated as “offshore oil”) will provide a “fix” for gross mismanagement
in a Province boasting the second largest per capita revenues of any Canadian
additional delay in commissioning at Muskrat has been trivialized by CEO Stan
Marshall, who committed to a schedule for first power in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The Nalcor Press Release, which carefully omitted any reference to the moniker “international
experts”, was timed for burial under the Christmas tinsel! It did not advise of
the additional cost of the delay anyway. A back of the envelope estimate is
$3,000,000 or so per day! And that may be low.
line is equally emblematic, as is Nalcor’s refusal to provide the PUB current
Reports from its software contractor. Second-rate (that might be too generous) Minister
of Natural Resources, Siobhan Coady, is still puzzled why she is in the job. Many
members of the public are equally puzzled!
another three months to finish his Report. I had considered sending him a one-word
thesaurus for Christmas but thought the better of it. I expect that, by now, he
knows all the synonyms for Nalcor beginning with the word “incompetence”.
HA…..HAHAHAHAAAAA!!! Happy New Year! – Des Sullivan
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