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

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

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.


Bill left public life shortly after the signing of the Atlantic Accord and became a member of the Court of Appeal until his retirement in 2003. During his time on the court he was involved in a number of successful appeals which overturned wrongful convictions, for which he was recognized by Innocence Canada. Bill had a special place in his heart for the underdog.

Churchill Falls Explainer (Coles Notes version)

If CFLCo is required to maximize its profit, then CFLCo should sell its electricity to the highest bidder(s) on the most advantageous terms available.


This is the most important set of negotiations we have engaged in since the Atlantic Accord and Hibernia. Despite being a small jurisdiction we proved to be smart and nimble enough to negotiate good deals on both. They have stood the test of time and have resulted in billions of dollars in royalties and created an industry which represents over a quarter of our economy. Will we prove to be smart and nimble enough to do the same with the Upper Churchill?