A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

You're Missing the Point Here

This was my response to some individuals over in the comments section on Small Dead Animals to a particular discussion on why Newfoundland is in the situation it's in economically (although that is starting to change).

First up is cal2 with his particular offensive comments:

Quebec is the most spoiled child of the whole lot. PEI is always the baby , and Newfoundland - the Timmy in the wheelchair.
Posted by cal2 at November 20, 2005 07:26 PM

Timmy in the wheelchair, eh? I wouldn't mention that around any disabled people there, cal. Here is my response concerning his educated statements:

Cal2, that's incredibly offensive to say that about Newfoundland, even if it was just a general description of the situation - in which case it was a poor one.

You want an accurate description of Newfoundland's place in Canada? Try Cinderella - the beautiful girl kept in semi-slavery by her evil stepsisters, Ontario and Quebec. The reason things are the way they are with Newfoundland has a lot to do with the Ontario and Quebec-first policies of the federal government. You want an example of this? We had to take down the CANADIAN FLAG to rightfully get what was already OURS in the Atlantic Accord dispute. The only reason we got it in the end was because that idiot Martin was getting worried at the prospect of the words "Prime Minister Stephen Harper." In a majority government situation, they would have just ignored us like usual. But Dalton McGuinty whines for five minutes that Ontario isn't getting it's fair share and a check for six billion dollars is in the mail before the tears have dried. Likewise, the same happened with Quebec just recently. Oh to have more than seven seats in parliament.

Maple stump however thinks he's got me pinned:

Dante, if NFLD wasn't selling its hydro at 25 cents on the dollar to Quebec and could properly manage what precious little it has (cukes anyone!), Cinderella - the beautiful girl wouldn't have ended up looking like an airhead.
Posted by Maple stump at November 21, 2005 09:32 AM

But not so fast, maple!:

Maple, you still don't get it. First off, that's not the cost at which hydro power is sold to Quebec. The reason NL sells it's hydro at such a ridiculously low price to Quebec is the result of idiot former Liberal premier and noted small-town charlatan Joey Smallwood. This scheming bastard, who incidentally engineered the pro-confederation vote in NL, thought it would be a good policy move to make a mega-project that would look good and garner him some more votes. Of course, he was less concerned with getting a good deal. As a result, he gave a set rate for the hydro to the Quebec government, instead of realizing that, "gee, maybe the price will rise someday." Thanks to this brilliant example of Liberal politics, we're getting 1960 rates for electricity in the good old year of 2005. As I've stated, getting a good deal wasn't his concern at the time. The same thing happened with another idiot former liberal premier and noted small-town charlatan Roger Grimes, who gave away one of the world's largest Iron Ore reserves, Voisey's Bay, for next to nothing. See a pattern here? Liberals = idiots + give-aways.

As I was saying before, central government policies also hinder our development. When we went to the Supreme Court of Canada to try to adjust a contract that is clearly unfavourable, and to get the right to transport a product (hydro electricity) through Quebec without having to sell it to Quebec first, the court (which hasn't one Newfoundlander on it) of course sided with Quebec. Can you imagine Alberta being forced by the government to sell it's oil or wheat to Ontario, because it goes through Ontario on the way to the states, so that Ontario gets to sell it to the US at an inflated price and gets all the benefit?
Do you see the pattern yet, Maple?

If you bothered to actually take the time to look at this issue, Maple, you'd begin to figure out who the real airhead is.

Apologies for the harsh words. Calling Joey Smallwood a bastard will get you lynched in certain die-hard liberal outports here. Of course, when the Liberals create a culture of dependency, who can blame these foolish folks for voting Liberal? Vote for Joey or starve was the choice given to them in the 40's and 50's.

I don't care, Joey's still a bastard. Haul up his corpse and put it on trial for treason.

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Right on, Dante. Good post.

By Blogger Mark, at 3:07 p.m.  

Yea!...and this is the first time I've had the chance to tell someone out there that I love Danny Williams for what he did. It didn't take much to realise that his anger was toward PMPM and not Anti-Canadian. We need more people in provincial leadership with his stamina!Cheers ..I'm surviving over here in liberal la la landio.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:34 p.m.