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

Thursday, October 29, 2009

They’re all out to get him

Our Dear Premier kicks off the tissue boxes, puts on his nice shoes, goes before the microphone, and spouts, um, this:

It’s also interesting to note the media that is coming out of New Brunswick directly. It would be worthwhile looking at seeing who owns some of the print media and some of the broadcast media.
Yeah, who owns the print media and broadcast media in New Brunswick?


Now for something completely different!

Apropos of nothing in particular, J.D. Irving Ltd. of Saint John, New Brunswick, has donated $8,900 to the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2003 (inclusive).

This sum includes a $5,000 contribution in the 2008 filing year, figures which were just recently released by Elections Newfoundland and Labrador. That $5,000 is one of the largest single political contributions in the 2008 records, and the largest that J.D. Irving has given to the PC Party since records have been made available on the intertubes.

During that same time period, Irving has given exactly nothing to any other provincial party, or, in words that some might find easier to understand, goose egg. The last time they did was a decade ago, during the 1999 election campaign ($10,000 to the Liberals, $2000 to Liberal candidate Kelvin Parsons.)

Since ODP became leader of The Party in 2001, individual Irving operators have donated an additional $800 to the party’s coffers or the election campaigns of individual election or by-election candidates, including to John Babb and Dave Denine in the 2003 general election, and to the PC by-election candidate in 2001 in Humber West.


At 10:00 PM, October 29, 2009 , Blogger Edward G. Hollett said...

And how much of that money from the evil Irving empire went to fund the ABC campaign?

At 10:30 PM, October 29, 2009 , Blogger Peter said...

So Danny was duped/bribed by the Irvings, and now he realizes why? You're supposed to be ridiculing conspiracy theories, remember?

At 10:43 PM, October 29, 2009 , Blogger WJM said...

Duped/bribed into what?

I just find it remarkable that the near-monopoly media magnates of New Brunswick have been trying to stick it to Danny through a combination of media coverage and... and... and giving money to him and The Party.

If you're out to get Danny — which presumably means you're out to get NewfoundlandLabrador or something — I can think of more productive ways of doing so than subsidizing his political wing.

At 9:28 AM, October 30, 2009 , Blogger Peter said...

The media monopoly you speak of has made no mention of Danny or even the NB opposition in the past 48 hours, as far as I can tell.

At 12:29 PM, October 30, 2009 , Blogger WJM said...

The media monopoly you speak of has made no mention of Danny or even the NB opposition in the past 48 hours, as far as I can tell.

I'm not speaking about a media monopoly, I'm quoting someone else, speaking about a media monopoly.

That's what the indentation is for: it sets of a block of direct quoted speech or writing.

Is anyone in the House of Assembly gallery going to ask the original speaker to elaborate about his NB conspiracy theory? I sure would.

At 3:22 PM, October 30, 2009 , Blogger Edward G. Hollett said...

And why should they Peter?

Why would any responsible media outlet in New Brunswick report the comments, regardles sof who owned them?

The comments are hysterical - that's being polite - for the most part and are almost entirely without any foundation in fact. The only bits that are factual are that there is a sale and he gets the names of the parties right. Everything else: hysteria.

Heck, the guy even contradicts himself in the course of several different scrums as to whether or not there is an issue.

The telegram editorial today even demolished the arguments he's been offering.

At 5:02 PM, October 30, 2009 , Blogger Edward G. Hollett said...

My bad. There's an even better and more obvious reason, peter. As the Premier said, they are 'all over him" but he is refusing to talk to them.

your logic, she be a wee bit circular.


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