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

Monday, July 23, 2012

Changing times

VOCM reports on the Premier's appearance before the microphone at Confederation Building today:
The Premier has ordered a stop on all discretionary travel after energy forecasts put oil under $100/barrel through 2013.

Kathy Dunderdale says the budget hasn't been revised just yet, but steps are being taken to adjust spending. Dunderdale says the hold for the next couple of months also includes keeping job positions open where possible. These measures she says will save just tens of millions of dollars when the province is looking at hundreds of millions in shortfalls.
For the record... the "Conservative" governments of Danny Williams and Kathy Dunderdale have increased public spending by a cumulative total of almost $16.4-billion, compared to the annual public spending in the year before the "Conservatives" took office.

Adjusted for inflation, that figure expressed in 2012 dollars is over $17.1-billion.

Against this astronomical increase in public spending, Dundergov is now aiming to save "tens of millions".

This is what "tens of millions" — nine of them, in fact — looks like, compared to the $17-billion "Conservative" government spending spree of the past near-decade.

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Friday, February 18, 2011


Both BondPapers and The Telegram fret the low turnout in the late by-election in Humber West.

Maybe. Maybe not. As measured against the number of people who voted in the previous general election in the same district, turnout in Humber West was 78% — ninth among the fifteen by-elections since 2003; fifteenth among the twenty-one during which Danny Williams was leader or leader-apparent of his party. Not great, but not quite in the basement, either.

But why measure against the previous general election turnout?

Well, because it's certainly a long-shot better than measuring against the total number of electors on the list, when that latter figure is clearly a work of creative fiction.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

By the numbers: Members' Compensation Review Committee

Total number of public sessions held by the Members’ Compensation Review Committee: 6

Total number of such sessions held in the afternoon between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.: 6

Total number of public individual presenters who appeared befor the Committee: 12

Average number per session: 2

Total number of those presenters who appeared at a session outside Capital City: 4

Average number per session outside Capital City: 1

Total number of Groups/Organizations who appeared before the Committee: 4

Average number per session: 0.6667

Average number per session outside Capital City: 0

Total number who appeared before the Committee outside Capital City: 0

Total number of groups, organizations, or private individuals who went before the Committee in public sessions: 16

Total number of MHAs who went before the Committee in closed-door sessions: 17