"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Loophole, loophole, who's got the loophole?

It is better for the people of the province to see the final contract before it is signed than to discover after the fact that it has as many loopholes in it as the Statement of Principles presented to the House of Assembly in June.
That was John Ottenheimer, in a September 30, 2002, press release.

We heard the critic for Mines and Energy up this morning for an hour responding to the Premier’s address and he pointed out very many loopholes, Mr. Speaker, very many loopholes in this...

We know, by reading the document, the Statement of Principles, that there are loopholes all through that. The Leader of the Opposition said that you could drive a truck through this document, the holes are that big, and I would have to agree with that.
That was Jack Byrne, in the House of Assembly, on June 18, 2002.

"I’ve looked at hundreds of these during the course of a legal career," said Williams, who worked as a high-profile lawyer for 30 years before he was acclaimed Tory leader last year.

"This is the weakest, broadest one I’ve ever seen. There’s things in here that are ridiculous."

That was Danny Williams, Glorious Leader (May His Preternaturally Thick Hair Always Be Perfectly Parted), Greatest Lawyer In The History Of The Common Law, Civil Law, And Islamic Law Universes Combined, in a CP wire story of June 17, 2002.

When is Danny Williams' free ride going to end?

He's nearing the end of his four-year term. He's had the keys to the filing cabinets, and access to all the files, for over forty months.

When is he going to produce the "loopholes" and "ridiculous things" in the Voisey's Bay deal?

And when is anyone going to ask him to do so?

Brian Jones of The Telegram — for whatever reason — isn't going to. He's bought the "giveaway" garbage, hook, line, and sinker.

But considering that the Voisey's Bay "giveaway" is employing far more people, and generating far more provincial government revenues, than, say, the Hebron-Ben Nevis "driveaway"... isn't it about time for someone to start asking these annoying little questions?


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