BAY DU NORD: SHEEP GET SHEARED

There are only 21 days left. The Prime Minister will decide the
future of the NL oil industry, our economic future.

The noise gets louder. 

Is it Andrew? Has he returned from Ottawa? The decision on Bay du Nord?

No, its NOIA changing its name.

They have found another ass to kiss.

But Bay du Nord?

Furey says: Prime Minister, thy will be done.

People think its (just) Bay du Nord, when at
stake is the whole offshore oil industry; Bay du Nord just the beginning.

No one really cares – at least, not enough to be
afraid.

Not enough to do something.

In every nook and cranny, in every business, city and town, in
every house and shed, we find ourselves on bended knee, waiting for the scraps that Ottawa
sends.

The NL public prays; they pray loudly, beseechingly; some would offer
their first born in gratitude, placing themselves into Ottawa’s hands.

Ottawa will take care of us. Won’t they?


NAPE, NOIA, CUPE, there’s really no difference. 

Hear it again: The sound of prayer, of supplication and plea, of
knees pounding the laminate,  each impression returning the echo
of entreaty, deference, petition and appeal.

It’s the sound of submission, of cower. From a society lacking confidence, a people misled, a society
failing itself, the last dime long spent.

For gratitude unearned; a collectively dignity spurned.

Now, we’ll double down rather than fight; we’ll pray, hold vigils and processions – we’ll applaud the Prime Minister, give him favor, the right to skewer the Atlantic Accord, to ransack the last
vestige of well-paid work, to finish off a place on the edge of abyss.

Forget what we brought into Confederation.

What matters is that the Canadian environmental lobby is
placated, the Maud Barlows silenced, the sanctimonious embraced. 

And at whose cost, as other modern economies burn coal, build more coal plants,
build their economies?

Premier Furey. He is just like us.

Weak. A sheep.

The Prime Minister will look after us.

Won’t he?

Yes, and sheep get sheared.

Des Sullivan
Des Sullivan
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Uncle Gnarley is hosted by Des Sullivan, of St. John's. He is a businessman engaged over three decades in real estate management and development companies and in retail. He is currently a Director of Dorset Investments Limited and Donovan Holdings Limited. During his early career he served as Executive Assistant to Premier's Frank D. Moores (1975-1979) and Brian Peckford (1979-1985). He also served as a Part-Time Board Member on the Canada-Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB). Uncle Gnarley appears on the masthead representing serious and unambiguous positions on NL politics and public policy. Uncle Gnarley is a fiscal conservative possessing distinctly liberal values and a non-partisan persusasion. Those values and opinions underlie this writer's views on NL's politics, economy and society. Uncle Gnarley publishes Monday mornings and more often when events warrant.

TEN YEARS AFTER MUSKRAT FALLS SANCTION – We will have to think abandonment of the Labrador Island Link

Put simply, whether Muskrat Falls come online or not, it cannot be relied upon. Without admitting their gross negligence at the start, Hydro is essentially saying that that we should try to salvage Muskrat Falls at an undefined cost and for for however short the duration it might operate.

THE PROOF MUSKRAT FALLS IS NOVA SCOTIA’S PROJECT

The substance of Hydro’s mission is to satisfy the contracts with Emera to get large amounts of power flowing into Nova Scotia for the betterment of that province and its ratepayers.  The Island could easily live without the Muskrat Fals project and in fact, other than for the onerous Emera contracts, NL ratepayers would be best off if it was abandoned and left to rust.

FIRST YEAR OF OFFICIAL ENERGY DELIVERY NOT QUITE WHAT EMERA BARGAINED FOR

PlanetNL52: Happy Anniversary Emera on 1 Year of Official Energy Delivery Not Quite What Emera Bargained For Despite all the bad news related to Labrador Island...