It’s been a quiet summer in this province as far as politics is concerned. We’ve had a few murmurs from a minister on the odd occasions — like Tom Marshall on fracking — but for the most part only the Liberal leadership race has provided a fix for anyone interested in political intrigue.
Doubtless there has been plenty of brain power being harnessed behind the scenes at Confederation Building in the capital.
The ruling Tories opened the House of Assembly last year for a rare fall session and some work actually got accomplished; most memorable the protracted debate over the Muskrat Falls project that went on and on.
It lasted so long some feared MHAs might be forced to take barely a few days off from their deliberations for their Christmas break like the rest of us get.
The Muskrat debate took up most of the house’s time, and let’s hope that won’t have to be repeated this autumn.
That open calendar leaves room for all manners of legislation to be brought forward by government, debated and voted upon.
The Dunderdale government has had time since the spring to plan a fresh agenda for the government, which has been running the province for about a decade and needs to hit the refresh button.
The cuts in the spring budget weren’t well received and the summer downtime has allowed time for that storm to pass.
The fall session — if there is one — will allow the Dunderdale team to show voters just how committed and engaged they are in working to improve the well-being of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.