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The Compass - - Editorial -

Six- point- three- mil­lion dol­lars. That is the sev­er­ance Ed Martin re­ceived on his de­par­ture as pres­i­dent and CEO of Nal­cor En­ergy.

Was he pushed or did he jump? Did he quit or was he fired? I will know the an­swer when I know the ex­act time Ed Martin re­moved the pic­tures of his grand­chil­dren from his desk­top, lov­ingly and care­fully placed them in a card­board box (not likely a 48-tin Car­na­tion Evap­o­rated Milk or Good Luck but­ter box), and then car­ried them down to his own, not the cor­po­ra­tion’s, au­to­mo­bile.

How soon af­ter Martin’s meet­ing with then new Premier Dwight Ball and newly minted Fi­nance Min­is­ter Cathy Ben­nett?

At any rate, I, for one, hope Martin pock­eted enough to help pay his, his chil­dren’s and grand­chil­dren’s monthly light and power bills when the grossly in­flated tab for the Muskrat Falls bac­cha­nal comes due.

As for you and your money, dear tax­payer? De­spite au­di­tor gen­eral Terry Pad­don’s ef­forts, you must re­main in the dark and out in the cold.

I don’t have the his­tory books handy, but I be­lieve it was an ac­coun­tant named Thomas Hol­lis Walker who was sent out by the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment in the late

1920s (be­fore Baron Amul­ree) to in­quire into New­found­land’s strapped fi­nan­cial straits.

His con­clu­sion af­ter ex­am­in­ing the books and over­turn­ing slime-cov­ered rocks look­ing for slith­ery, creepy crawly things? The New­found­land pub­lic ser­vice was like the Mex­i­can army (Pan­cho Villa’s ride would then be fresh in the minds of news­pa­per read­ers, there be­ing those years very in­fre­quent ra­dio, no tele­vi­sion, no In­ter­net or Face­book or Twit­ter and twad­dle), that is, very low pay but lim­it­less op­por­tu­nity for loot.

Tom Ca­reen writes from Pla­cen­tia

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