The Bees’ Knees – Prizes for Week Two

Each week the Legislature is in session we’ll give out four prizes for the best and worst moments, as recorded in Hansard.

Honey Bee

The benefit of Muskrat Falls in terms of 35 years of stable rates and moving off coal are well known. This week, during late debate, Premier Dexter brought jobs into the equation as well.

Premier Dexter: The Maritime Link, which is where most of our investment will be made, has three key elements: (1) it creates an undersea cable link from Cape Ray, Newfoundland, to Cape Breton; (2) it includes two substations on either side of the cable; and (3) it includes the enhanced transmission grid leading to the New Brunswick border.

The construction of the Link will create 2,700 person-years of employment, in Nova Scotia companies with Nova Scotia jobs.

For reminding Nova Scotians of the job implications of the Muskrat Falls project, Darrell Dexter wins this week’s 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

Keith Colwell blames everything under the sun, moon and stars on the NDP. Unless it’s a success story – then he claims the government had nothing to do with it.

This week, he said “the price of food has increased by nearly 10 per cent since the NDP took over.” That sort of statement, both inaccurate and overblown, is typical of Colwell.

The price of food goes up and down depending on worldwide supply and demand. Weather and war change food prices – not a change in the government of a Canadian province. Keith Colwell wins the Drone of the Week prize for championing the politics of negativity.

Killer Bee

On a debate about food banks and poverty, Kings North NDP MLA Jim Morton reminded the opposition they had decades to work on poverty issues but did nothing, because the Liberals and Tories did not see poverty reduction as a “vote winner.” This passage below is a good example of how the NDP will rally their base, and wins Jim Morton this week’s Killer Bee prize.

Jim Morton: I think people are there these days because costs are rising in a world that continues to be on the edge of recession. But I think when you look at this bigger picture, we’ve had here in Nova Scotia a very long history of neglect of those people who are most vulnerable in our community.

I recall, before I stood in this House, being in a meeting with two Members of the Legislative Assembly – in fact, they were on the government side at that point – who were talking with a group of citizens about poverty, and who both agreed that in their particular constituencies the issues of poverty and the calls they got in their offices were the most significant calls that they received. They were the highest in volume and the most distressing. But they added to that that it wasn’t possible to talk about those matters because their other constituents just wouldn’t tolerate that, wouldn’t agree with their making that a priority.

I believe that it’s that kind of thinking, turning a blind eye, turning one’s back on poverty, decade after decade, that has left us with so much that needs doing. On the other hand, this government – our government – has been taking a close look at the realities of poverty. We’ve been taking practical steps, even in the midst of tough economic and recessionary times, to do something different.

Bumble Bee

Yarmouth MLA Zach Chuchill chastised the Conservative Party for bringing up Stephen McNeil’s own quotes as proof the Liberals promoted breaking the constituency of Shelburne in two.

The problem? The Conservatives’ point was that Stephen McNeil’s opinion changes with the wind. He spoke out both in favour of dividing Shelburne, and of keeping it whole. Zach Churchill wins this week’s Bumble Bee prize for the error prone.

The PCs distributed the piece below to the press gallery:

The Tories presentation of Stephen McNeil’s two opinions on splitting Shelburne, depending on his audience. Expect more of this from Jamie Baillie’s Conservatives as they try to become the real alternative in voters’ minds.