Wednesday, January 16, 2008

 

Premier Releases Copies of Letters to and from Prime Minister

Premier Releases Copies of Letters to and from Prime Minister

The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today released copies of the following correspondence to and from Prime Minister Harper:

Letters from Premier Williams to the Prime Minister
# December 3, 2007
# December 11, 2007
# December 18, 2007
# January 3, 2008
# January 16, 2008

Letter from the Prime Minister to Premier Williams
# January 15, 2008

Calgary-based CHHC owns an 8.5 per cent share of the Hibernia oilfield on behalf of the federal government. When Gulf Canada Resources pulled out of the offshore project in 1993, Ottawa, Murphy Oil and Chevron bought in. By 2002, Ottawa’s $430-million investment in Hibernia was repaid.

To date, the federal government has reaped $678 million in profits from the Hibernia oilfield, according to CHHC’s 2006 annual financial report. Last year, the company paid dividends of $174 million to the federal government. That’s down from $231 million in 2005.

http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=47366&sc=82

By the end of 2006, Hibernia had poured $1.2 billion into Newfoundland's coffers.

But the project has also generated $8.8 billion for the consortium of oil companies behind it and another $4.8 billion for the federal government, according to provincial figures.


http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2007/11/15/hibernia-decade.html

According to the federal Finance Department, Ottawa has made a profit of close to $300 million since paying off its initial investment, which is controlled by a federal Crown corporation called Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation, based in Alberta.


http://www.theindependent.ca/article.asp?AID=920&ATID=2

Calgary-based CHHC owns an 8.5 per cent share of the Hibernia oilfield on behalf of the federal government. When Gulf Canada Resources pulled out of the offshore project in 1993, Ottawa, Murphy Oil and Chevron bought in. By 2002, Ottawa’s $430-million investment in Hibernia was repaid.

To date, the federal government has reaped $678 million in profits from the Hibernia oilfield, according to CHHC’s 2006 annual financial report. Last year, the company paid dividends of $174 million to the federal government. That’s down from $231 million in 2005.


http://www.thetelegram.com/index.cfm?sid=47366&sc=82

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

 

I had a Newfoundland Labrador dream!

Randy Simms column from the independant.

I didn’t recognize the anchor at
all. Where were Debbie and
Jonathan? What happened to
Fred and Lynn? Who was this guy?
He looked like the consummate
American anchor — all teeth and
flashy tie. Even the news desk
looked different.
“Good evening,” he said.
“Welcome to the year in review. A
look over the past 12 months and a
few predictions for the year to
come.”
Someone new doing the wrap-up
on the year, I thought.
I should know the guy, but couldn’t
place him.
“The last 12 months have been
outstanding in our province. The
economy is doing better than anyone
imagined at the start,” he said. “The
recent $4-billion surplus is headed to
the Newfoundland and Labrador
Heritage Fund, despite an outcry
from some labour groups. The surplus
was pushed this year by an
ever-expanding fishery. Groundfish
— especially cod and our worldclass
fish farming operations — are
given credit for the financial boom
we are enjoying.”
The anchor turned to another camera
before going to video.
“The province continues to struggle
with a labour shortage in both
the oil and mining sectors. While the
fishery is pushing employment to
record levels, both mineral extraction
and the secondary processing of
oil reserves are proving difficult
problems for the new government to
solve. According to the province’s
Labour minister a new wage regime
is being considered to try and attract
more young people to the oil industry.”
The strange anchorman was back
on camera, looking directly at me.
“The oversupply of people in the
fishery compounded with an increasing
world demand for protein
is making other fields of employment
less attractive,” he said.
“In other news … it was a big
year for education.”
We are then shown video of students
sitting at their desks in a classroom.
“Students from Memorial
University, Grenfell University,
Exploits University and the
University of Western Labrador will
all get their undergraduate degrees
this spring. This class of students,
attending the province’s four postsecondary
facilities, will be the first
to graduate debt free. These young
people represent the first from our
province to receive a fully funded
education.”
ALL TEETH
The anchor was back on camera
again. All smiles, all teeth.
“Still with education, the past year
saw the province faced with the
daunting task of providing enough
classroom space for primary and elementary
students. The Education
minister says the need for more
classrooms and more teachers is
becoming obvious. The upcoming
budget should see a change.”
The anchor turned back to the
main camera. “With the population
of the province now at 1.3 million
and the average age down to 23
years, it’s obvious something will
have to be done to improve the lot of
young families. According to the
minister, the introduction of free
daycare 10 years ago did a lot to
help increase population figures, but
now the role is reversing and we
may have to try and curb our
appetite for more people.”
The anchor was smiling again.
“Last year saw the province introduce
a fully funded pharmacare program
for citizens. They did so
despite a protest from Ottawa, which
argued that it would set a precedent
for the rest of the country. The decision
to go ahead anyway fuelled the
fires of the independence movement,
but the movement’s best
efforts have so far failed to attract
enough interest to become a serious
debate in the province.”
The anchor was preparing to take
a break … “and when we return we
will have a live interview with the
premier on the changes in Labrador.
The announcement of another manufacturing
facility for the Labrador
coast means a need for more workers
and even more road infrastructure.
The premier will tell us how
her government intends to deal with
the problem.”
Her government? Who was the
anchor talking about?
“And later in the show we will
take you on a drive across the island
of Newfoundland. The twinning of
the Trans-Canada from Port aux
Basques to St. John’s is just about
finished and according to the
Transportation department will ease
our traffic-flow problems. Not since
the opening of the Straight of Belle
Isle tunnel have people been as anxious
to see a public works project
completed.”
•••
There was a jingle running in the
background underneath the anchor’s
voice. “Stay with us as we continue
our look back on 2025 with some
predictions of things to come.”
“Randy, wake up.”
It was my wife shaking me. “You
were starting to moan, were you
having a nightmare?”
“It wasn’t a nightmare,” I said,
“but one hell of a dream.”
rsimms@nf.sympatico.ca

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

 

Upper Churchill contract




While this is a pretty good expose of what happened and continues to happen not only with the Upper Churchill but also with the on going battle to develop the Lower Churchill it does miss a couple of points that were brought out in the MUN Harris centre "Origins of an impending crisis" report on the negotiations leading up to the Upper Churchill contract.

That is that Hydro Quebec was in a conflict of interest. There were stipulations in the MOU's leading up to the final contract to include inflation clauses.

While the video does mention discrimination it doesn't explain where and what the discrimination's comes from.

It is basically Democratic Discrimination against the minority members of this so called federation of equals in that no national party will ever forfeit 75 seats in Quebec in favor of standing up for a minority province. It's all about the system being solely based on per capita and doing what's in the best interest of the national party to get elected and that means doing what's in the best interest of the majority which live in ON/QU 66% of the population 181 seats out of 308 with no equality for the members of the federation anywhere within our systemically flawed political system.

What we need in this democracy is a total shift in how we fundamentally vote. No one is to blame for this systemically flawed political system of Democratic Discrimination other than ourselves and our lack of leadership in creating a new and fairer system. We have the power to select our political system but unfortunately that new system doesn't exist at this time and we need leaders to create such a system.

Thankfully it is starting to change with the recent eligibility status of a NL-First party now we just need to elect those representatives and then move to the next step and that would be the creation of a federation party where the party line is to do what's in the best interest of the majority of the federation as opposed to what we have now with the three national parties where the party line is to get elected by pandering to what's in the best interest of the majority of canadians unfortunately that means pandering vote buying in Ontario and Quebec in other words due to our systemically flawed political system based on aper capita only in essence it means the minority members of this federation get discriminated against in favor of getting elected by the national political parties.

Ask yourself this when you mark your next X during a federal election. DO you think any national party will ever call Quebec out on either the Upper or Now the proposed Lower Churchill in favor of a minority province? It will never happen because it would mean the lose of 75 seats in favor of 7 seats and it would be the difference of being the winner and loser in the election. Hence democratic Discrimination due to our systemically flawed political system.

It isn't the parties we need to change it is the system, and we the people have the power to do so if and only if the choice is there to make otherwise it is useless to even vote between the three national parties they all have the same national party line "Do what's in the best interest of the majority of canadians to get elected"

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