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

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

He's had several calls

From the Memory Hole, sequential edition. First, from the testimony of John Abbott before the eye-rolling Cameron Inquiry, May 2, 2008:
MR. ABBOTT: Now, again, when that open line, whether in fact it was that morning or it was over the weekend and what have you, I couldn’t say. But we were doing, you know, the central agency communications group were obviously doing monitoring and advising us through that. So I was getting all of those references pretty well right through the piece, not only, obviously, on breast cancer but anything affecting the, shall we say, the health portfolio.

THE COMMISSIONER: But does it make a difference, does this suggest in any way that determinations about what is to be done, either by the department of Eastern Health is somehow affected by who calls Open Line?

MR. ABBOTT: Dare I say and I’m going to say unfortunately, yes, it is, again if you’re talking about transformation in our governance, in our administration, the Open Line Shows are having a significant impact on what government departments, ministers’ offices are following and it’s a, I won’t say a recent trend, but fairly recent trend and exponential in the sense that if you see now, hear now in terms of their prevalence of open line shows in Newfoundland and you will see that MHAs, ministers, the premier are calling in and using those open lines as a forum to get out their messages, but they’re also using it as a form to find out what’s happening in the Public.
ODP's red-herring denial in the House of Assembly, May 12, 2008:

If the hon. member opposite or Mr. Abbott or anybody else says that this government forms policy by what they hear on open lines, then I will have a say about that.
ODP's opening comment to Randy Simms, June 16, 2009:
I’m calling, because I’ve had several calls from people who heard your opening comments...
Hey, ODP: Do these "people" have names (and titles)?


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