Friday, February 06, 2009

Compare and Contrast

Why Rick Mercer deserves to be in the Senate.

Why Mike Duffy deserves to be in a home.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says language used this week by [Senator Mike Duffy], whom he recently appointed to the Red Chamber, was "perhaps inappropriate."


In his maiden speech to the Senate on Feb. 3, Duffy said P.E.I. Premier Robert Ghiz may get the "shaft" by getting in bed with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams. Ghiz and Williams have been protesting a cap on equalization payment increases in the federal budget during a period of economic downturn.

Before the Red Chamber, Duffy described the pairing as a "grotesque scene" in which Williams, the premier of a wealthier province, would likely "come out on top."


Anonymous said...

Who cares? The duff hasn't had a cream in so many years, the guy is a eunich.

NL-ExPatriate said...

The Canadian confederation is a sham. It is nothing more than. Tyranny of the majority, Per Capita Colonialism, Democratic Discrimination by all of the national proxy parties of the majority ON/QU against the minority provinces, Reverse robin hood. Steal from the poor minority and give to the vote rich majority. And those are the nice terms. Don't give us your crap about feed us please on a per capita basis NL'ians have contributed four times as much as the next nearest province. NL EP2. Equality or Exit!

If the supreme kangaroo court of canukistan hadn’t contravene the constitution where by all of the provinces are supposed to own, control and be the primary beneficiary of their own non-renewable resources we wouldn't of needed the Atlantic Accord and non of this would be an issue. Newfoundland and Labrador Energy plan. NLEP
Equality or Exit!

Under the Atlantic Accord NL was supposed to be the principal beneficiary of the resources on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland when the Accord was signed in 1985 by the Mulroney-Peckford governments. Mulroney oxymoronically said that he was not afraid to inflict prosperty on NL. During the Chretien government, the primary beneficiary was clearly Ottawa. Martin, the then finance minister took over top job and was likely embarrassed by his government's unashamed rip off of the intent of the Atlantic Accord. During a preelection visit, he agreed to a one time payment of 2 billion dollars to make amends. The Liberals tried to weasel out of the commitment. Williams had a fit, flags down, etc. One disturbing comment made by an Ottawa minion at that time was NL will pay (for this acrimony). In the new budget, Ontario gets $1 billion and NL looses $1.6 billion. It is a puzzle to me how the feds can unabashedly change these agreements/accords. What became of the principle 'a contract is a contract' a la Churchill Falls. Incidentally, the equalization payments beginning in January 2009: Ontario - $347 million Quebec - $8.35 billion Manitoba - $2.1 billion New Brunswick - $1.69 billion Nova Scotia - $1.57 billion P.E.I. - $340 million NL - $O. Newfoundland and Labrador Energy plan. NLEP.