Yesterday's Dantrum was a pre-emptive smokescreen. You are supposed to be outraged at Stephen Harper, instead of the incestuous patronage of Danny and Andy and this.
This type of exceptionally arrogant patronage is a usual hallmark of a Premier making ready his exit. If there was still a Legislative Council, there'd probably be a raft of appointments on Friday.
Of course, there's still time. Per Term 14 of the Terms of Union, the constitutional document that everyone whines about but no one reads:
14. (2) The Constitution of the Legislature of Newfoundland in so far as it relates to the Legislative Council shall not continue, but the Legislature of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador may at any time reestablish the Legislative Council or establish a new Legislative Council.