03 February 2011

More of the same…

But different.

A good first step is how the Premier described her first meeting with the Prime Minister.

But she was bit vague on the destination piece.

Headed somewhere but not sure where the frig that might be.

Solid leadership!

Kathy Dunderdale had a courtesy meeting with Stephen Harper.

20 minutes.

Very much routine stuff for those familiar with these things and never the chance to get into detailed discussions on anything.

Lots of vague talk from Dunderdale about stuff but very little concrete detail.

She knows the bus is moving and she knows about the doors and seats but where the driver is headed?

We’ll get back to you on that bit.

But it is good to get rolling in this new bus and new driver who is dissimilar in a differential way from the previous occupant of the conducting position.

Dunderdale’s list of things she mentioned in the meeting are the same things her predecessor used to rattle off so it’s a bit unusual to hear her talking about things as if there’d been some radical change of direction in the province.


That was the point.

But then Dunderdale said she is “in the same place’ as her predecessor.

So things are the same.

But different.

It is a new relationship but she wanted to hear some acknowledgement from the Prime Minister of those “legitimate aspirations” of her tribe and that he “understands” those things and is the prime minister of the whole country, then things will be different.

So that would mean things are still just like they were with the former premier.

But not.


Like in a meeting with federal cabinet minister Peter Mackay, Dunderdale talked about a multi-billion dollar megaproject for which Dunderdale sought a federal loan guarantee.

Which must be somehow different from the times Danny went to Ottawa looking for a hand-out to build a megaproject.

So things are the different.

But the same.

And firstly and fore mostly, she wants some respect.

Never heard that before.

And there wasn’t any talk about the fishery.

Ditto on the sameness file.

So in a last scrum question about the relationship, Kathy made it clear that her predecessor could “articulate” his views clearly and that things were different now, as she embarked on some kind of new path, a yellow brick road to respect for the “legitimate aspirations” of the crowd of people down this way.

Sounds all very familiar, right down to the bit about not being sure exactly where things are going and the inability to articulate specific details.

But God does she spit Quebecish gibberish like “legitimate aspirations.”

It’s all fit to make you aspirate your breakfast.

Projectile aspiration.

Given Dunderdale’s load of bafflegab and pure bullshit, such aspiration would be perfectly legitimate and likely most respectable.

Plus ca change.

- srbp -


Ursula said...

Someone should really tell Premier Dunderdale that it is all about the "body Language".

Her bodily mannerisms and facial expressions can be interpreted as anything but "Self-confidence".

Edward Hollett said...

Good catch, Ursula and that has been generally true, especially when she is under pressure of any kind.

I would expect to see much less of her than we should simply because if things get tough, she'll have a tough time handling it.

Ursula said...

We aim to please Ed .

Could this (to my mind at least) self-inflicted dilemma of Dunderdale's premiership be resolved by her walking away . The simple answer is yes .

There is an old saying that real power must be "taken" , not "given" .

In Dunderdale's case it was unceremoniously "dumped" onto her lap . She is chained to the position by guilt and the heavy burden of fulfilling Williams' obsession with a "LEGACY".

Wm. Murphy said...

She is chained to the position by guilt ...

What an absolute load of crap. Chained to a position by guilt...are you for real....unbelievable Ursula.

Ed... you obviously have issue with the woman on a number of fronts but it appears that your prior assesment(s) of Dunderdale will be the benchmark from now on. That's fine if that's your approach, but I will leave judgement on current issues that she deals with or doesn't deal with....maybe you should do the same. But I doubt you will

On the matter of the Premier's meeting with the PM...it was only 20 minutes and a typical 1st meeting. Nothing was planned as it relates to making decisions and nothing was expected as it relates to substance. All first official meetings with a new Premier and a PM are standard affairs and this was certainily not untoward or different.

You should sit back, listen to what's being said and not let your blatant partisian leanings cloud your assessment of all things Dunderdale. For that matter it is hard to assess the woman because she hasn't done anything substantive as it relates to a matter that can be assessed on the merits. sure we can assess her position and behaviour while a Minister but why not judge her from her desk on the 8th. We know you are all about being Liberal but I find your comments take away from accurately depicting the good or bad.

We also know that her approach, body language, verbal skills and style are nowhere near her predecessor...but that's the way it is. That's fine because for all intents and purposes those traits do not bring about good policy or direction for the people of the province.

So Ed...why don't you hold your nose forget about her past positions and judge her on (God, I can't believe I am going to say this...)a go forward basis.

Edward Hollett said...

"We all know the womens shortcomings and screw ups but what purpose would you have in trotting out these reminders..."

Ursula said...

@Murphy :

"In alio pediculum, in te ricinum non vides".

Your reaction is rather rash and perhaps indicative of something deeper .

Ms. Dunderdale's past performance as Minister of Natural Resources precedes her .

As a seasoned politician shouldn't she have proven herself by now ?

Dunderdale is perfect in the position ,she probably has no issues with ego , in contrast to some of the more high profile ministers .

Dunderdale was probably the only minister willing to deliver Williams' legacy .

WJM said...

We also know that her approach, body language, verbal skills and style are nowhere near her predecessor...but that's the way it is.

Good thing, too. Give her her due, she speaks much more fluidly than her predecessor's wierd combination of false starts, trailing endings, and malapropism, and both her shoulders stay down.

Edward Hollett said...

roflmao. I was wondering if someone would pick up on that ridiculous comment. Danny is an abysmal speaker and he is worse when speaking off the cuff.

Kathy can speak in coherent sentences most of the time. What I referred to was one of her rather obvious tells but she is nowhere near like Danny. But it's funny/bizarre/amazing the number of people who praise the crap out of him, including an international PR firm.