Each week the Legislature is in session we’ll give out four prizes for the best and worst moments, as recorded in Hansard.
Premier Darrell Dexter had a very good week as the Legislature opened. He promised to press the opposition on their plans, or their lack of plans, and put the Liberals back on their heels.
Stephen McNeil’s recent pledge to party faithful, in front of Globe and Mail and CBC journalists, that he would cut energy efficiency programs was a serious error that did not go unnoticed by the government.
Premier Dexter: Unfortunately, this is a problem that the Liberal caucus has – they speak from inexperience. We know what they’re doing. They want to haul people down the road of deregulation. They have said, if you can imagine, that they are going to cancel all of the energy efficiency programs … a cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face-stick-your-head-in-the-ground policy, which is exactly what we can expect from the Liberal Party.
For putting a spotlight on the Liberal’s energy policy, Darrell Dexter wins the Honey Bee prize for good work.
Drone of the Week
1 drone noun \drōn\
a stingless bee that does not gather nectar or pollen
2 drone intransitive verb \drōn\ to talk in a persistently dull or monotonous tone
The new line of the Liberal Party makes very little sense. They claim that by investing in Nova Scotia’s ship yards, manufacturing sector and forestry industry, Darrell Dexter has somehow lost jobs.
Stephen McNeil: If it wasn’t for this government, 1,310 other Nova Scotians would be working today.
But by not investing in these industries, a Liberal government would have thrown thousands of people out of work. They are attacking the livelihood of families, not corporations. Stephen McNeil’s rhetoric on corporate welfare wins him the Drone of the Week prize.
During an aside on his discussion of the disastrous P-3 school deals signed by the previous Liberal government, NDP MLA Mat Whynott listed budget items that could very well be cut by Liberals if they were ever in power again.
The MLA for Hammonds Plains – Upper Sackville had mentioned the NDP’s Affordable Living Tax Credit, the Poverty Reduction Tax Credit, the Caregiver Program, and the increases to child benefits as things the Liberals would cut when he was interrupted by Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill.
Zach Churchill: All I would ask is that the member opposite provide any sort of documentation that can help prove his point. Table the documents, then. If you believe it, table the documents.
Mat Whynott: Mr. Speaker, the document that I’m talking about, for the honourable member for Yarmouth, is called the budget. It’s called the budget. It’s tabled every year. That’s the document I’m talking about.
The Liberals, of course, voted against the budget. For shutting down the most fustian and jejune MLA in the Legislature, Mat Whynott wins this week’s Killer Bee prize.
While still occasionally mentioning their unhealthy attack on renewable energy, the Tories are getting better on the electricity file. Jamie Baillie needs to avoid these sorts of stumbles.
Jamie Baillie: The Premier has already hitched his wagon to a gigantic mega project, Muskrat Falls, which is a 50-year decision that this province had to make in a very short period of time and yet he has rigged the review of Muskrat Falls because he insists that they can only look at alternatives that are consistent with his renewable energy plan.
Darrell Dexter: They have the right to look at any experts’ reports they want. They can look at natural gas.
A small error, but worthy of this week’s Bumble Bee prize for the error prone. Baillie used to promote the Muskrat Falls deal, just like he used to promote renewable energy. He should go back to his previous positions.