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

Saturday, December 27, 2008

How not to go it alone (II)

More unchallenged gems of wisdom from ODP in his Telegram interview:
After the Oct. 14 federal election, Williams buried the hatchet with the federal Conservatives and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

But during the election, Williams launched his Anything But Conservative campaign.

"We conducted the ABC campaign because of a broken promise of ... a little under $10 billion," he says

"It was an opportunity for the federal government to right the wrong of the Upper Churchill, whereby we are losing, like, a billion and a half dollars a year."

But Williams maintains the feud is over now, and says he hopes for co-operation from Ottawa on funding a new penitentiary, a federal ocean agency, the Lower Churchill project and transmission line.
ABC was about redress for the Upper Churchill? That's an interesting revision to very recent history, one that could easily be refuted by looking at newspaper articles from two months ago, and one that makes no mathematical (or any other kind of) sense: if the "loss" to the province is a billion and a half dollars a year, a magical HappyMoney payment of $10-billion "right" less than five years' worth of that "loss"?

(And if being off equalization — a "have province" — is worth partying like it's 2009, why did We want to avoid, at all costs, losing equalization in the first place?)

But above all, if Williams now "hopes" — he's always hoping for something that he ought to be working for — "hopes" for Ottawa's help to fund the so-called Lower Churchill project and a transmission line (to where?), can it really be said that We Are Going It Alone?



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