02 September 2009

A world of his own

“If I had a world of my own,” said Alice, “everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”

And in such a world, there is to be no more talk of running steel erections through a UNESCO World Heritage site.

He has decided to go around the park.  According to the voice of the cabinet minister, He said He was only kidding on that one.

Quite the yuck it was too.

Not once, but twice and the second time with sprinkles: better to wreck the park than risk Granny’s heart surgery or some such.

There are only two possible real reasons for this change of direction.

Either the federal government told the province officially to get stuffed or the Premier has a poll that shows the public are adamantly and persistently opposed to his plan to run power lines through Gros Morne to bring Labrador power to the townies.

The last time the Premier shifted directions this abruptly and unexpectedly – the flag thing – he had a poll that showed the strategy was far less brilliant than thought by the ones who thunk it up in the first place. 

In this case, the feds might have also told him to forget any plans to try and run the lines through the park, easement or no easement.  You can see a clue to that possibility in the number of times the Premier made reference to needing federal cash for what was supposed to be a go-it-alone option. He keeps talking about federal money like you’d expect him to say if they’d turned him down flat.  They said no, so now they have to compensate me for the inconvenience;  that sort of thing.

But instead he is claiming credit for making the momentous and correct decision and trying to pretend he didn’t make the incorrect one the first time.

And then persistently, stubbornly, unreasonably stick to it for half a year.

The federal government is under no obligation to pay a nickel for running the power to the townies.  That’s all the line on the island will do, you see. There’s nothing in it about running run power to the Yanks.  no matter how many times Danny Williams has tried to claim federal political commitments, there’s not a shred of evidence any ever existed.

Whoever decided, at least the right decision was made in the end.  It’s just that in this world where nothing is as it appears, the people who fell down the rabbit hole in 2003 will likely never know.



Anonymous said...

The liberals had 12 yrs to do the lower Churchill project. If at the time they were required to sell Gros Morne they would have. In a fleeting moment for less than a dollar, not two.
Honestly I really think you do not have a grasp of how to wag the dog. In negotiations, your first proposal is always the worse. Your second bid you pinch what the other can’t see. (While they are cheering for the fact they saved the Park.) Third is when you strike back and take them all to dinner. After dinner all liquored up and belly full the sign willingly … oh ya you never read the book “Foolish liberal negotiations”
Never tell the seller what your trying to buy

Willi Makit said...

From yesterday's telegram:
"When asked how the tour may influence getting Ottawa on side with the project, Raitt said "what will happen in the next two days will guide me in terms of what I'm going to be saying when I go back (to Ottawa).""

Raitt only had to wait one day.

Anonymous said...

No doubt it was a shock to Himself that even He has no jurisdiction over the Federal Park. Someone ought to follow up that bit of news with a polite "go fickyourself", topped with a "enjoy going it alone" note from Ottawa.
I am sorry that I have to be anonymous with these remarks, but I am afraid of His retribution, and I work for Him. And, yes, having met Him, I really do fear His retribution.

Mark said...

"In negotiations, your first proposal is always the worse (sic)"

Ah. Negotiations. We're going it alone and we're doing it via negotiations.

Edward G. Hollett said...

Wow, 1806, I couldn't have asked for a better example of the fairy tale world some people around here live in.


Willi, the feds don't really have any reason to backstop the LC or otherwise get involved. The provincial government has had offers and rejected them.

As it stands right now there is not a single customer for any of the power except those of us on the northeast Avalon who have no choice in the matter. Without power purchase agreements, no one will front the cash unless they can secure some other kinds of guarntees of benefits.

Anonymous said...

Eddie boy you’re doing exactly what they want you to do. You’re fitting into the grove they have cast. Knock them knock them let them have it. The only question you have to decide is which wall to hit.
Isn’t it funny how you feel you have so much faith to defend yet you realize your really defending nothing that time and silence would cure!

Edward G. Hollett said...

Thanks for sharing 1951 and if you care to put that in English sometime, feel free to do so.

Anonymous said...

There still are "rocks" in someone's head regarding this whole Gros Morne park thing. Can you imagine what 500,000 people's lives would be like if all that thievery since 1949 had not taken place.

Edward G. Hollett said...

Who has rocks in his head and what are the rocks, since you put it in quotations marks?

What thievery would that be, 1732?

Anonymous said...

Williams has rocks in his head for thinking he could put a hydro line through the middle of Gros Morne. Thank gawd the rocks fell out. Newfoundland has experienced thievery since confederation. What happened to the surplus back in 1949. Then there were the fiascos of the Smallwood regime such as Valdmanis. Then, not having to pay any taxes to the Newfoundland government for iron ore mining in Labrador and the selling off of hydro to Quebec from the Upper Churchill...would you like more?