QSLS Politics

Sunday, November 29, 2009

David Campbell Overdoses on Double Thought

In response to:

Cooling off period

It's the Economy, Stupid - David Campbell
November 28th, 2009

Folks, I will be refraining from posting here for a week or two to clear my head and get my bearings. I am just a guy who is trying to positively influence change in this province by working with economic development organizations and writing columns and this blog. Once in a while I do work with corporations but almost always on economic development-related issues. I never felt it was right to talk about any of my clients here unless the work I did for them went into the public domain. I have talked about the importance of competitive energy costs as an economic development driver for five years and now people want to question my integrity and professional ethics because that belief dovetails with the interests of some very important companies in this province.

So upon reflection I will be withdrawing from this debate. You know where I stand and you can draw your own conclusions.
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Dan Fitzgerald wrote:
November 29th, 2009

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What is this, an economics blog or a soap opera?

Speaking about ethics in this new-world economy is like talking about animal husbandry in an automated slaughter house. The amount of double-think necessary to promote this Bermudan plan for NB must be extraordinary.

Take a few days off and get back to us on why this latest bit of PPP Piracy will benefit us for generations to come.
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Campbell must be loosing it - this is a post he retracted right before announcing his little holiday:
Jacques Poitras
from It's The Economy, Stupid by David Campbell

Jacques Poitras is threatening to reveal my clients and state that I am in a conflict of interest because I support the NB Power deal. I don’t usually talk about my clients on this blog - I let them publish any work that I do for them and I have no business discussing my client list in public.

But anyone who has read this blog knows I have worked for the NB Biz Council in the past - because they published my work for them - and I can tell you that I am doing some presentation work for them on energy and its importance to economic development. And I am glad to do so - it is consistent with my belief that this deal with Hydro-Quebec is supportive of economic development.

I have never been paid to write a column (other than the money I get paid to write columns) or write anything on this blog. I have spend hundreds of hours trying to stimulate a debate about economic development and never received a dime. Even the revenue from the advertisments on the right column of the blog go to the hosting company.

I stated clearly and will state again that the CBC has a right and should be covering the stories they are covering. But they should also be covering both sides of the deal and I will stick by that assertion no matter who threatens me.
Original post (now removed) in: It's The Economy, Stupid

Friday, November 20, 2009

CG vs. Alec Bruce on Truth of NB Power Scam

Image Source: Charles Leblanc
In Response to somment on the Bruce Report - Graham to Williams: Butt out!

# Alec Says: November 19th, 2009

Okay, Dan. You go with that. More “power” to you my friend. Looking forward to meeting you on the bread lines when this deal doesn’t go through. After all if, as you imply, my interests are feathered, I should be rich. I’m not.

As for Williams, a little history might serve.

The fantastic premier of NF/LA was never willing to “lease” the transmission lines. In fact, he was willing to cut a deal for transmission of Churchill power through New Brunswick — not unlike the one the Graham government has just (tentatively) signed with Hydro-Quebec.

Split the hairs any way you want, but NB Power is, has been, always will be an asset in play. Williams lost to his nemesis (Quebec). Again!

That’s it. That’s all she wrote.

And, BTW, how can a gargantuan liability also be “one of our best assets”? That’s a little like saying if my grandmother had a mustache, he’d be my grandfather.

This underpaid, entirely underappreciated “puppet” still says: Good for you Graham. Well done!
(Comment on Graham to Williams: Butt out!)

# Dan Fitzgerald Says:

Fair enough - I guess you'll be able to say 'I told you so'.

The only feathering on your part I've seen is some occasional fluff in Irving's papers. It was still pretty good considering your constraints. On this power deal though, I'm not so sure.

That NB's Bermudan overlords get major cutbacks on the few taxes they deign to pay, discount loans, free generators, bloated contracts and drastically lowered power rates while Shawn Graham or Bilderberg McKenna play Pinocchio with their noses clipped is undeniable.

Forgive me if I get the impression that the corporate / establishment leaning and funded NB bloggers (i.e. David Campbell, Philip Lee) are also playing the half-hearted approval / disinterested part rather poorly. If you're going to support the deal, do it with some heart - if it's really what you think, please try to convince us earnestly.

You used to seem pretty angry back in the day when tax rates were lowered for those who didn't need it, banks were bailed out while home 'owners' were turned under water - and the globalist corporations got everything they could ever want while the people get nothing (see repeated pledges for NB welfare reform). Is freezing your power rate temporarily really enough to get you on board for this?

Furthermore, you talk as if this NB Power give-away was right on the tip of everyone's tongue for years and you've thoroughly weighed the decision. I'd argue strongly that the former is untrue while the latter is impossible. The tendrils of a power company run through every part of our community and economy, the long-term ramifications of this sale are enormous.

My gut and head say this is a bad deal (and I'd give you a break if the opposite seemed true on your part), it was certainly conducted in the shadiest of manner. No public consultation occured prior to a signed 'MOU' (sounds like what cows do) to sell it all (just consider the massive stretches of land) to Quebec and the banksters.

Like throwing a baby (NB Power) out with the bathwater (fake fiat debt) - your argument is the baby is so messed up from a possessed ex-wife (NB Government) that we should hand it over to a white slaver (TD Bank/Quebec), who promise to take good care of it and cover most of your baby expenses.

I don't know about you, Alec - but I don't want my baby being a slave for the rest of its wretched life just to personally get out from under a difficult but entirely self-inflicted situation.

The pro-sell out crowd keep asking for alternatives - so here's one: How about we throw McKenna's bunch out and transfer our debts to the people's bank of New Brunswick?

We bail out our power plant with some funny money (maybe NFLD could help us out with initial reserves) and we lease the lines to Quebec and give Williams his corridor at the same time? Everyone is happy, except the banksters.

Seriously though, the only good argument I see for selling it now is that nobody could be worse at running it into the ground. The Irving puppets (of both parties) who have fiddled about while the dams were literally cracking certainly don't show any inclination to try and fix or even address the problems.

Lastly, that the notorious Bermudan-NB mafia dropped our new nuclear turbines in the ocean right before this bombshell announcement makes me certain there is little on the up and up with any of this story - it's a scam, pure and simple. It'll definitely be interesting to see what songs and dances go on before the people finally and firmly reject this shady deal.

Friday, November 13, 2009

CG vs. Bilderberg McKenna on NB Power 'debate'

In response to: 'A good deal for New Brunswick'
Frank McKenna - Irving's Telegraph Journal
November 12th, 2009

The announcement by Premiers Shawn Graham and Jean Charest represents a bold, courageous act of economic nation-building, and warrants the applause it is getting across Canada. However, New Brunswickers will properly wish to focus on the benefits for our province, and the questions they have will require answers.
Shilling Continues
Nice try Bilderberg McKenna,

The people of NB know by now when they're getting the shaft.

Thanks greatly to your former 'work' this deal will most certainly lose in the court of public opinion.

Whether our junior kleptocrats will succeed in ramming it through will determine whether NB is to be a democratic state or remain an oligarchy ruled by foreign interests.

So, crank up those crony advertising companies again - see if the people can be swayed to accept their indentured serfdom.
Daniel Fitzgerald, Nijmegen

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Alternatives to NB Power Theft on the Mysterious East

What’s the alternative?
Philip Lee - The Mysterious East
November 11, 2009

David Campbell explores the alternatives
to the NB Power to Hydro Quebec sale. This seems to me to be a key question: if we are going to reject the deal with Hydro Quebec, what is the alternative? Is there a better deal out there? Or is this an opportunity that we better not pass up?
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Dan Fitzgerald wrote:
The alternative is for the party who ran on a 'we won't sell NB power' platform to call a new election and let democracy work.

The alternative, as excruciating as it may seem for Irving bloggers and Twittering frantics, is NOT TO SELL the power corporation to another province.

If Quebec is willing to go into hock to buy the thing up - it's gotta be worth more than they're paying. The result of the buyout will certainly be detrimental to our infrastructure (hint: they're buying it so we can't do a deal with NFLD).

What kind of a government would try to pull this obviously crooked deal in the midst of a world-wide crisis?

Oh yeah - the kind who doubles their own pensions in the middle of a flood, with the cameras off. NB media are either all owned or blocked (see Charles Leblanc) to keep this and other charades going.

Luckily the public are not swayed by the lies anymore - and no multimillion advertising blitz is likely to change things - call it the rice-and-beans / political skepticism phenomenon, and I for one welcome it back not a minute too soon.