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

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Name game

In his column on Wednesday, the Telegram's Peter Jackson writes:

Furthermore, blurring the line between the ruling party and the government is not unique to this province. Just as the Harper Conservative brand has crept into core federal documents, this provincial administration has been rife with “Williams government,” “Dunderdale government” and similar partisan language.

In truth, this is not the Dunderdale government. It is the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The majority party may hold executive power, but the House of Assembly belongs to the people, and all MHAs have the right and the duty to debate and discuss the government’s business within its walls.
Criticism, if belated, of the "Williams Government" nonsense is always welcome — this corner beat that horse to death, and then beat the corpse — but, to her credit, Premier Dunderdale has quite conspicuously not adopted this particular personalissimo political "piece".



At 11:16 PM, February 29, 2012 , Blogger Edward Hollett said...

And Peter neglected to note that Danny actually started the practice.

Harper just copied him.

At 11:37 PM, February 29, 2012 , Blogger WJM said...

I'm not sure, but this may be yet another hideous innovation from the Harris years in Ontario.

At 3:54 PM, March 01, 2012 , Blogger Peter Jackson said...

You're right, Wally. I did not mean to suggest "Dunderdale government" is common, but space and time were tight. Ed: I neglect to note a lot of things given the box I work in.


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