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

Friday, October 30, 2009

He's not even one of the Newfoundland Wangerskies (II)

A fascinating, and hilarious, exchange of views between a plant and the editorial page editor of the Quebec Daily Newspaper:
Colin L from NL writes: I am not surprised one bit by another slanted editorial from this particular paper. After all, the paper's editor lived in NB for quite some time before coming to NL. As a result, I suspect he fails to appreciate the long and painful history this province has had with Hydro Quebec and Quebec in general. Any one who is actually from NL is (or likely soon will be) quite worried about the implications of this deal.
Posted 30/10/2009 at 11:32 AM

Russell Wangersky from St. John's, NL writes: For Colin L: The editorial was about the question of facts versus emotion. And here's a fact for you: the editor of The Telegram is Kerry Hann, and he was born in Arnold's Cove. As far I know, he has never lived in New Brunswick. If you're referring to me, I lived in New Brunswick for three years, and I've lived here for 23 years — all of them working in the media, and all of them covering politics, including scores of stories on the implications of the Upper Churchill deal and Hydro Quebec. This is a very involved debate that takes facts - shouting slurs is more fun, but doesn't really get us anywhere. Russell Wangersky
Posted 30/10/2009 at 11:52 AM

Colin L from NL writes: Hmmm I wonder also if Telegram employees are afraid to criticize this deal because The Telegram's large parent company, Transcontinental Media, is a Quebec company?
Posted 30/10/2009 at 1:13 PM

Russell Wangersky from St. John's, NL writes: For Colin L: Hmmm. What a crock. Are you also suggesting maybe SNC -Lavalin dragged its feet on the work it is doing in Labrador on Lower Churchill because its head office is in Montreal? Or that maybe NB went with the deal because it's a bilingual province? Want monsters under the bed? You're a day early. Halloween's tomorrow. By the way, for your information, Transcontinental, The Telegram's parent company, is a publicly-traded company with shareholders right across the country - even in Newfoundland. So, just like your suggestions about the editor, only part of your information is even close to right. Russell Wangersky
Posted 30/10/2009 at 1:19 PM



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