20 May 2010

The Protocols of the Elders of Laurentia

In Hisself’s own words, in the House of Assembly, dutifully and accurately recorded by Hansard, the Old Man describes the nefarious forces that circle around him.

In response to this question about the Abitibi expropriation  - “Are you planning to seek leave to appeal this court loss to the Supreme Court of Canada at this time?” – he begins:

Mr. Speaker, let’s do a little history lesson first of all, and what this is all about. This goes back to the late 1960s when we had the best project in the world that we wanted to develop but we could not do it on our own because we were a poor Province - because of what happened as a result of Confederation and everything else. We were the poor and the weak sisters of Canada. So, we basically entered into a partnership with Quebec in order to develop that particular project. For that, they acquired at least one-third of the company which developed that particular project.

Then, when it got down to the short strokes and we were months away from concluding it and we were out of money, the company was basically out of money, they squeezed us. That is when they squeezed us for another twenty-five years on a contract that already was a complete giveaway of a very valuable hydro resource. They squeezed us for another twenty-five years at a lower price -

So based on that history, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, particularly this Newfoundlander and Labradorian, and all these Newfoundlanders and Labradorians here and all the people in this Province, feel very, very strongly about the way Quebec has treated us. So if we have to fight them in the courts or fight them at the Régie, or if I personally got to get down and go toe to toe or roll around on the ground with them to fight them, we will do it.

And then after discussing Churchill Falls for all that time he answered the Abitibi question:

…we are now reviewing it.

But he couldn’t just state that simple answer to a simple question without further embellishment:

We are looking at asking for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. I think that, as a Province, we have to keep fighting Quebec because if we don’t they will take away everything we have.

In response to the second, simple question - What is the recourse for the Province to now be added to the list of unsecured creditors? – came a further rant:

Of course, what we are dealing with is obviously a very biased court.

When you look at the Quebec courts, you look at the decision that was given here. The opinion, of course, that we have from our solicitors on this is that the court dodged a central legal and policy issue. So we had constitutional and factual arguments and the Court of Appeal completely and totally avoided that. In addition, they completely ignored the same rationale which has been used by the Ontario Court of Appeal, B.C. Court of Appeal, the Alberta Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. So, basically, these courts are doing whatever they can to try and stop us.

The same thing with Judge Gascon, we just saw the Régie ruling which came out of Quebec, which is one of the most horrendous, absurd rulings that I have ever seen. They ignored facts. They said that what Hydro-Quebec was doing was discretionary. They ignored the evidence - a complete abuse of process. So, throughout this process we will just keep hammering away.

Yes, folks, there was a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox where they kept the  strawberry ice cream.  The only thing missing was the ball bearings in his hand.

At that point, opposition leader Yvonne Jones asked exactly the same question over again (The Old Man didn’t come close to answering it the first time, after all).  There followed another diatribe in which the Premier noted the holding company set up to deal with the two properties the provincial government didn’t expropriate:

Instead, Mr. Speaker - if I may have a moment -of what they have done in Botwood and Stephenville, put those assets in a shell company so that they could go bankrupt so that we get nothing.

Not exactly what happened, nor does the Premier explain why his lawyers consented to the arrangement, but that’s another issue.

At that point, the question of costs deflected off to justice minister Felix Collins.

A question about an English translation of the decision by the Quebec energy regulator brought Hisself to his feet once more to fulminate about Quebec:

Mr. Speaker, I said it last week, and I can say it again in all honesty today, I have not seen an English copy of the Régie decision. We are waiting on the Régie to provide us with an English copy.

It is really interesting, too, when you go on their Web site, pretty well everything that they have is always in English and French, but on this particular one we have not been provided an English copy. That tells me a lot about the Régie, the attitude of Quebec against Newfoundland and Labrador.

Basically, while the Premier’s parliamentary assistant is on a hunt for Commies, the Premier himself is fighting against the evil machinations of the seething nest of anti-Newfoundland conspiracy that is Quebec.

To conclude, some simple observations:

  • The chart was not an exaggeration, as anyone can plainly see. The World the Old Man Lives In is populated by enemies everywhere, linked together by secret ties.
  • This is not the way Danny Williams felt for the five years he tried  - entirely out of the public eye, one might add - to interest Hydro Quebec in taking an ownership stake in the Lower Churchill, without any redress for the 1969 contract.

You could not make this stuff up if you tried.



Wm. Murphy said...

But he couldn’t just state that simple answer to a simple question without further embellishment:

and this is new for Premier's or Cab ministers when they answer questions in the House?

I am sure you have read this type of embellishment before in Hansard. Show me a politician that has not embellished an answer during Question Period and I will show you a politician that thinks in politics, stupidity is not a handicap.

Ed Hollett said...

It is not embellishment, as can be plainly seen by actually reading the comments: it is the paranoid delusion ravings.

In the context of what I wrote, the word embellishment refers to the particular type of add-on.

And no, it isn't an unusual paranoid delusional rant by anyone in TGTCSS. It is par for the course, especially for the Old Man.

I am not the only one who noticed it. That's why the chart of the paranoid conspiracy crap was one of the most popular of popular posts. people retweeted it, passed it around by e-mail and in hard copy and in at least one case used it as computer desktop/wallpaper.

This post just showed that the very same day I posted the chart, the Old Man confirmed that this world of paranoia and imagined conspiracies is exactly the one in which he lives.

Like I said in the post, the only thing missing was the ball bearings in his hand as he spoke.

Meanwhile, Bob Ridgley is on some sort of anti-Commie kick.

Even in the bizarro world of politics, these guys are bizarre in a whole new way.

Jerry Bannister said...


Mr. Williams' declaration that the war with Quebec will never stop, even if he "personally got to get down and go toe to toe or roll around on the ground with them to fight them," sounds like he was trying to invoke the namesake of Grand Falls.

But the Premier's history lesson in the House of Assembly reminded me of another eloquent leader of the twentieth century, who once made this famous statement: "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." For the video, click here.

As for Mr. Ridgley's McCarthyist ramblings in the House of Assembly, he could also learn at thing or two from the aforementioned leader, who, on the topic of equality and ideology, once said: "We ought to make the pie higher."


Craig Westcott said...

I'm guessing, that it has to be George Bush.
Ed, like everyone who reads this blog, I've been watching Williams closely since he gained office. Usually it's pretty easy to see through his exaggerations, lies and gross distortions to get some kind of grasp on his end game on a particular issue. But this Abitibi stuff is a head shaker. I can't figure out if he's stupid, delusional, or just blowing smoke as usual to cover his tracks as he pursues some other goal yet to be revealed. Things must feel pretty weird inside the 8th floor bunker. They'll get weirder if the general public cottons on to what really happened with the Lower Churchill. Up to now, they've been taking his word on things, without questioning any of it. But the Abitibi debacle has awoken a few people. If they take a closer look at the LC, his hold on power will be in real jeopardy.

Getting back to the Stephen King "under the Dome" like behaviour of Williams, let me offer this: Some people fear gaining great wealth because it would allow them to indulge their eccentricities and neuroses to the point they become self-destructive. Brandishing unquestioned, unbridled power may bear the same risks. Maybe the secret of his strange behaviour is as simple as that.
I'd love to have a camera on the Eight Floor.

Craig Westcott

Wm. Murphy said...

They'll get weirder if the general public cottons on to what really happened with the Lower Churchill. Up to now, they've been taking his word on things, without questioning any of it

Who is the "they" you are talking about? Why is that that the general public not "cottoned" on to it?"

Ed Hollett said...


It always amazed me that DW said things which were as loopy as anything GW ever said but no one here ever picked up on it.


My take is that it is less a case of some hidden agenda as it is of things done on the fly with no thought and then having people clean up the mess afterward.

As long as there was plenty of cash to go around and nothing seemed to be shagged up, people could accept the pablum and just carry on.

Since some of the issues involved in these things are either arcane or don't normally get reported here, most people could carry on in a sort of ignorance-induced bliss. There are all sorts of ways we delude ourselves and make no mistake we all do it to one degree or another.

With that said, this Abitibi thing turned out to be a train wreck but people didn't see it until the opposition handed out stuff to reporters so they could see where the opp claims were coming from. Once that happened (and given the insane attack on the media in February), it was like turning on a light in people's heads. No longer could they safely and comfortable put blind faith in TGTCSS.

Now as for what will turn the tide even more, I don't think it will be the LC. I think it will be something like shitty polling numbers or an economic downturn such that they can't skate by any more and have to start cutting stuff.

As for the camera on the Eight, I think Liz's face in the gallery of the Commons spoke volumes of people who are increasingly burnt out. trust me; seven years is a long time to be I that environment and I didn't do it under a overly centralised, micromanaging, no sense of direction reign of error.

Wm. Murphy said...

trust me; seven years is a long time to be I that environment and I didn't do it under a overly centralised, micromanaging, no sense of direction reign of error.

I thought Judy Foote was the equivalent of Liz during your time on the 8th?

Are you saying that your position on the 8th had the same pressures and workload as that of Liz Matthews?

Don't think so, but maybe I am a bit dilusional on that as well

Ed Hollett said...

In the office I worked in, we actually got to make our own decisions on some things and didn't have to cope with regular tantrums, a fairly obvious level of paranoia and cleaning up the mess made from decisions taken without anything vaguely resembling thought, planning, or care and consideration.

I mean this Abitibi FUBAR must be murder on the old nerves for all the people dealing with all the consequences.

Richler said...

Good morning Ed,

I enjoy your blog and applaud any alternate voice speaking from within a majority. However the title of this post is quite offensive. The Protocols are nothing to be mocked, and in their 100 years have caused countless deaths in the name of hate.


Ed Hollett said...

Thanks Jonathan both for the compliment and the feedback.

My intention was not to mock, belittle or otherwise diminish that most vile of anti-Jewish fabrications, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

My intention was to borrow a small part of all that the original protocols represented in order to make it plain the sort of language we have heard tossed around these past few days is not to be taken lightly. It must not be casually dismissed.

When political leaders attempt to smear entire groups of people based on their ethnicity or language, to use them as scapegoats then we are headed for a very dangerous place.

We have already seen too much of this sort of extremist language - "traitor" and "quisling" for example - over the past few years. Over the past couple of days the language has sunk to a whole new level particular in the extent of the scapegoating, the mocking use of French, and the claims about some gigantic ethnic conspiracy against people who live in this province.

If in the process of trying to make that point against ethnic slurs and political scapegoating, I have offended you, then I most sincerely apologize and most deeply regret my offense. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and if I have strayed onto that road, I offer you my most heartfelt apology.