Cutting through the noise
Premier Kathy Dunderdale brushes off ‘politically driven’ criticism
For Premier Kathy Dunderdale, it’s been a good year – once you get past the political noise.
On a range of issues, Mrs. Dunderdale said she wished people could set aside political posturing and gamesmanship.
In a lengthy year-end interview with The Telegram, she talked about a range of issues facing her government – including Muskrat Falls, the fishery, the province’s relationship with the federal government and her choice to leave the House of Assembly closed this fall.
On the fishery, Mrs. Dunderdale dismissed a lot of the rhetoric as “foolishness” and said, “I would like to cut through all of these agendas and positions and so on.”
On the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric development, she said the constant drumbeat of criticism from the Liberal Opposition was mostly picking away at tiny “snapshots” of the project, instead of considering the larger picture.
“To be completely honest with you, I don’t think they know if it’s a good deal or a bad deal because I don’t think they’ve spent enough time doing their own analysis of the information that’s been put forward.
“God knows we try. We offer up briefing after briefing after briefing with Nalcor.”
She said the criticism for leaving the House closed was driven mostly by the NDP and a handful of pundits online.
“I’ve got a Twitter account; I know who’s making the noise. It’s the same people who are making the noise about everything else, and it’s politically driven.