Cut­ting through the noise

Premier Kathy Dun­derdale brushes off ‘po­lit­i­cally driven’ crit­i­cism

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMES MCLEOD

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.

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