Premier Kathy Dunderdale just doesn’t get what people want to hear when they are in trouble. The premier held a press conference Sunday about the ongoing blackouts that have hit the province and left many families in the dark and cold.
Surrounded by a couple of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro executives, the premier made it clear she didn’t think we were in a crisis and everything was being done to correct the problem.
That may all be true ... but that’s not what people who are cold and worried want to be told by the person they have elected to run their affairs.
What they wanted the premier to do was at least appear like she was sympathetic to their nasty predicament and was in their corner.
They really didn’t want to hear how well Hydro was doing under difficult conditions.
That’s what those highly-paid experts are supposed to do ... along with making sure their equipment is up to the job.
They also don’t want to hear about how all will be well in three years when Muskrat Falls comes on stream.
When the power is restored and homes are warm again there needs to be a probe into how this situation went so badly.
It should be done in a public forum and if anyone failed to perform their jobs they should be held accountable.
Both opposition parties are in favour of that happening so it’s only a matter of the premier and her government approving it.
Regardless of what unusual circumstances combined to cause Newfoundlanders to sit for up to five days in cold homes, it just isn’t acceptable and should never happen again.