The Progressive Conservatives say they will use the same rules for the Muskrat Falls debate,that they were so critical of in the debate regarding the Voisey Bay Project
The Opposition Liberals are crying foul. They want more question periods and the right to call witnesses.
I think the hypocrisy runs both ways!
The Opposition Progressive Conservatives vilified the project; the opposition leader claimed there were loopholes large enough to drive a mac truck through. They wanted to call witnesses.
The Liberals on the other hand played politics. They did not allow expert witnesses; there was no open committee process. They played politics, wanting to limit the resources and the opportunities of the opposition. Using their majority, they ring fenced the debate.
Now the roles are reversed. The Liberals are crying foul because the P.C’s are doing to them, what they did to the PCs. It would appear that trusting either party results in the same old approach. Might is right!
I would like to think that we could trust our elected politicians to put aside the political theater and work together to hammer out a deal that is good for everyone. Instead, we have this polarized hypocritical crap that further alienates the citizenry.
Lets face a few realities. The Voisey Bay Project was about royalties and opportunities. The province was not investing in the Nickel business. In the case of Muskrat Falls the government wants to invest billions of our public dollars. We have a right to be more engaged, we deserve a more in-depth process of examination, to ask more questions and to have answers to questions.
It is hard to accept the answer from the government that they are only serving up the opposition, that what was served up to them. This is not a game of one-up-man-ship. They are not denying the opposition, they are denying the public.
In opposition the PC's said this was not good enough. If they truly believe in transparency and informing the debate, the government would at least adopt the changes to the format that they were so critical of during the Voisey debate.
The model that works best for me would be the Meech Lake model. Let strangers into the house to offer expert opinions to the House as a whole. The members and the public would be much better informed.
The Premier has the ability to lead and offer change. To do better, to fix what she felt was wrong in the past.
It is a shame that we can not trust our leadership to not play games with so much of our money on the line