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

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Tonight we're gonna party like it's FY2008-09

No more bread coming in from the equalization program?

What better excuse could there be for circuses?
Newfoundland and Labrador.
Province to host equalization party
Canwest News Service
Published: Thursday, November 06, 2008

A party 51 years in the making is planned to mark Newfoundland and Labrador officially becoming a "have" province. "We do plan to mark this momentous occasion," said Elizabeth Matthews, spokesman for Premier Danny Williams. The plans are still in the preliminary stages, but Ms. Matthews says a major celebration will be held. On Monday, it was revealed that Newfoundland no longer qualifies for federal equalization payments -- the first time that's happened in the history of the program.
So, for the nth time... if We Knew What We Were Fighting For, and what We were fighting for was to maximize both the amount and duration of Our equalization entitlements, then why is the end of such payments a reason to celebrate? Or, conversely, what was up with the Equalization Wars of the past five years, if getting off equalization was something to celebrate all along?

For good measure, if there's all this stuff that We still can't afford, why are We blowing a wad of money on this "major celebration"?

11 Comments:

At 8:29 PM, November 06, 2008 , Blogger Peter said...

The province should demand federal offset payments to make up the cost of the party!
Peter J
(who's still smarting from the gang-up over at Mark's.)

 
At 9:51 PM, November 06, 2008 , Blogger Steve said...

Damn it WJM I don't like this. I have to agree with you again. There are better ways to spend the wad of money. Absolute bullshit.

 
At 11:12 PM, November 06, 2008 , Blogger WJM said...

The province should demand federal offset payments to make up the cost of the party!

The Minister of Fiddle-de-Diddle-de-Diddle-de-Diddle-Dee should write to Canada, demanding cost-shared funding for the shindig.

 
At 11:27 PM, November 06, 2008 , Blogger Mark said...

I feel for Danny Williams. He got elected to late to have a big anniversary party. No Humphrey Gilbert, no Cabot, no Vikings, not even a cursed Confederation anniversary to spit on.

Can't he hang on until Cupids?

 
At 11:27 PM, November 06, 2008 , Blogger Mark said...

"too" late

(before Wally corrects my spelling again)

 
At 11:36 PM, November 06, 2008 , Blogger WJM said...

What, Bob Bartlett's imaginary voyage to the North Pole not enough?

 
At 2:40 AM, November 07, 2008 , Blogger Steve said...

Now WJM you made a good point there is no need of the sarcasm. Why can't you just leave it at that?

 
At 11:46 AM, November 07, 2008 , Blogger Mark said...

There's a great - and I mean great - sarcastic piece that aired on CBC Radio's "The Great Eastern" a feww year's ago about the celebration of the anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the island. It used to be on the archives of their site, but alas it is no more.

 
At 11:46 AM, November 07, 2008 , Blogger Mark said...

few years

 
At 11:47 AM, November 07, 2008 , Blogger Mark said...

damned Microsoft Internet Explorer...

 
At 12:57 PM, November 07, 2008 , Blogger WJM said...

Memo to CBC: Please archive stuff permanently.

 

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