Been fighting a bugger of a cold over the weekend and today.
The mind is willing but the body can not seem to follow orders.
An interesting time to be out of commission with the American election tomorrow, the ongoing side shows related to the Muskrat Falls Proposal and the new leadership selection process chosen by the provincial Liberals at their annual convention over the weekend.
The best reading that I have come across over the last few days is John Samms "Pressing Politics". It is well written, well researched and objective.
Samms is taking an investigative approach to his blog. No he says - she says. He is interviewing the players, asking direct questions and offering the answers, nearly verbatim, to his readers. It is a refreshing approach in a local blogosphere full of hidden agendas.
Last week, I pointed out that Meeker On The Media has dug in, and dug in deep, to ask pertinent questions. That this is an important debate, questions need to be answered, even if they have been addressed before.
It is important to look at the history of Labrador power development, to do so with your eyes wide open. We can not be afraid to move forward because of the failures of the past. Our relationship with Quebec on the export of power has not been good. They have exploited and blocked us over and over and over. Those who say that is not the case are blinded by partisan politics ,or full of shit. Some of them are both.
I feel that the 2002 near miss with Hydro Quebec was flawed. I felt that way in 2002, and did not hesitate to say so. In fact, I applauded Dean MacDonald for his role in sending the rushed arrangement re-cycling bin.
Revisionists, including Grimes, seem to have conveniently forgotten the truth. The deal left this province solely on the hook for cost overruns and I certainly did not feel Newfoundland and Labrador were going to be the prime beneficiary. In fact, many MHA's and ministers were very much opposed to the deal for fear that Quebec could end up owning the project.
Some of these issues might have been resolved via further negotiations. However, with an election a year away, the partisans wanted to be able to pound their chests about delivering the impossible. Fortunately, Dean MacDonald and a handful of others, doused the momentum before it was too late.
Sure there are some Liberals, particular those senior advisers and ministers who lost their cozy jobs on October 21, 2003, who want to propagate the bull shit story that Dean was driving a knife into Premier Grime's back on behalf of his good friend, P.C. Leader Danny Williams. They were bitter going into the campaign and worse after. They needed to place blame. MacDonald became a convenient scapegoat for misplaced arrogance and incompetence.
In my estimation, he stood up for what was right, he asked the tough questions and got unsatisfactory answers. He stood up to the so called smart "people" who were comfortable with the proposed arrangement. They failed to offer firm assurances to the hard questions.
Instead of rubber stamping a flawed deal, or I would argue - incomplete deal, MacDonald resigned and washed his hands of it.
Restricting the merits of one flawed deal is just a red herring. Opposing this proposed deal because it's architect was Danny Williams is stupid. Legitimate criticism like questioning how secure water rights are, how conservative the cost overruns are, how secure is the Nova Scotian commitment is are important and how badly we need to export power are much more important issues.
It was refreshing to read John Samms' interview because I know that MacDonald did the right thing. We should be grateful, not critical.
If you are going to read one blog during this debate, be sure to add "Pressing Politics" to your favorites - unless you prefer your information filtered through partisanship and small mindedness.