Friday, March 23, 2012

LOOK IN THE MIRROR: WHAT HAPPENED TO PROUD AND DETERMINED

I wonder what communication genius suggest that the Premier hold the province's Liberal MP's accountable for their role in the Harper Government's closure of the regional search and rescue base in St. John's?

I have to admit that there are lots of times that one just shakes their head and wonders, what the heck is going on here? This is one of them.

The premier insists in the strongest of words that this closure is unacceptable. In the meantime, while she plays footsie with Harper, the feds have changed their minds about closing the Quebec facility? While S&R assets deemed vital to this province are boarded up or inoperable, the Premier shrugs her shoulders and issues more faux criticism.

CBC PHOTO
When questioned about the provincial government's soft sell, the Premier turns the table on the Liberal Opposition, suggesting that the issue lay with the inactivity of Liberal MP's who she says could be doing a a lot more on this file.

Which got me to thinking, does anyone, anyone at all see a Liberal MP, MHA or Danny Williams supporter in the picture above? Look hard?

I see a PC Premier, a few PC MHA's but no Liberals backing this man who is gutting this "defeatist" region, with glee.

Seriously, it is really about time our premier stopped tip-toeing around Harper and started acting assertive. 

Make this search and rescue debacle a national issue, challenge the Prime Minister. Use logic, communications, passion and conviction to right a wrong that is being done to the people of this province!


16 comments:

Cyril Rogers said...

Peter, the Premier is playing the role of victim and blaming everybody else for her own failures and deficiencies.

I have noticed, in all of the recent phone calls from her Ministers to the open line defending her blunders, that there is always an undertone of anger behind the message. What does that tell you, Peter?


This administration if floundering and lurching from one issue to another. They are bereft of new and solid policies and ideas;thus, they promote a tired and stale policy of hydro development whose time has passed. Sadly, we missed the boat on this 30 years ago! Trying to do it now is economic suicide!

Anonymous said...

Peter, if the Premier took on the Federal Government with the same zealousness as she did the Liberal MP's (whom she campaigned for when Danny was boss) she might have some credibility in this debate. She has sold her political soul to Harper, given him a carte blanche to cut programs, services and jobs in this province.

Anonymous said...

The premier's logic is all wrong. She is under pressure because she invested too much political capital in Stephen Harper. The price is too high.

Why can't Dunderdale and our federal cabinet minister influence the agenda. They have no influence.

She should be working together with liberals and ndp's to put forward a united front on the issue. United we stand, divided we fall.

Anonymous said...

This is a farce right across the board. We are being governed by a bunch of clowns. Dunderdale has no post-secondary education, she has no real skill set out side of being a bully. She has surrounded herself with staff that are much the same. This is a very dark time for the province as the alternative is not much better.

Anonymous said...

Danny Williams pulled the same crap, but you cheered him on.

Peter L. Whittle said...

yea, acting assertive and staring down big oil, Harper and Martin was really similar to this premier's approach! Give me a break

Anonymous said...

Danny did the same thing, shift the blame to the opposition. You worshipped Danny. Maybe you shouldn't have.....

Anonymous said...

Well, I had no problem with that except to say that the Liberals gave the government to Williams and certainly did not field a team in 2003, or since that could compete. Liberals can blame Williams all they want, the truth is that they have not offered a viable alternative because they have squandered opportunities, are disorganized and have messed up repeatably. Danny, like every leader, will have his supporters and detractors. I offered some very sharp criticism of Williams o this blog, but I also never hesitated to praise him on the issues that I supported. He certainly was no Conservative!

Anonymous said...

Cyril

same thing has been said about every single person who ever sat in the premier's office. Perhaps you arm-chair pundits should get elected and see how it works out for you.

The getting elected part might be a problem. The public, the voter decide who they trust to run the province. The result is clear and it is not the liberals by quite a stretch.

What do you and Peter propose as an alternative to Williams's so called mistakes?

Anonymous said...

Like the people who surrounded Tobin through two majorities, now you would be challenged to find a dozen people to speak well of him! He was a good premier, did a lot for this province but ......I guess that old axiom about being a prophet in your own kingdom being difficult is true.

Peter L. Whittle said...

I can tell you this much, I never campaigned for Danny Williams, or voted for him.

I never feared putting a lawn sign on my lawn that was not tory blue. I suppose that really makes me a blind follower who worshiped the guy
and was afraid to be critical.

I call like I see it.

Good, bad, ugly and controversial.

Anonymous said...

Yes, at least the P.C got a Leader. What about the Liberals they are really in a mess, they put in Ball as an interim
and guess what..... JONES IS RUNNING THE SHOW...Excellent for the NDP, in the next election the Liberals with Jones will be wiped, after her 16 years according to the polls the voters have had enough...

Anonymous said...

Yes, at least the P.C got a Leader. What about the Liberals they are really in a mess, they put in Ball as an interim
and guess what..... JONES IS RUNNING THE SHOW...Excellent for the NDP, in the next election the Liberals with Jones will be wiped, after her 16 years according to the polls the voters have had enough...

Anonymous said...

Yes, at least the P.C got a Leader. What about the Liberals they are really in a mess, they put in Ball as an interim
and guess what..... JONES IS RUNNING THE SHOW...Excellent for the NDP, in the next election the Liberals with Jones will be wiped, after her 16 years according to the polls the voters have had enough...

Peter L. Whittle said...

anonymous, interesting comment. I'll probably get blamed for it but stating something that I have heard from a lot of people who were hoping for some sort of change. The more things change the more they stay the same.

Interestingly enough, I attended a fundraiser tonight for NFP. A very full room, lots of movers and shakers from business, health and NFP sectors. People are genuinely embarrassed by the current state of democracy in the province. Nobody defending the premier when there is not a politico looking over their shoulders.

Cyril Rogers said...

Peter, do you mean the Newfoundland First Party? I though they were defunct!

I know from the performance of all parties over the past six months that I am ready to look at an alternative and I am sure many other people are too.

To ANONOMYOUS, whoever you are, my comments about Mr. Williams reflect my concerns that he become THE idol for far too many people and we lost sight of what a real leader does. He inspired people, there is no doubt of that, but, imo, he left his own party leaderless and bereft of new ideas. I don't dispute Mr. Williams' leadership abilities but it was more suited to a military operation that is not concerned about messy democracy. I don't disrespect his achievements but I do believe he deliberately destroyed any opposition both inside and outside his party. Granted, he did this with the willing compliance of most people in this province! Leaving the people of the province dependent on him is not his fault but hero worship has never been my style. I respect people's achievements but don't feel we need to worship at their altar.