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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.

 

 

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

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  • concerned
    January 13, 2014 - 09:22

    Katie dunderdale should resign and take some off her stooges with her esp. kevin obrian.

  • Another Grump
    January 08, 2014 - 11:28

    Of course she gets it. 1. She knew the only people who could listen to the broadcast already had power, no problem. 2. The only thing the Government "has to get" is your money. 3. Sympathy is between S..t and S......s in the dictionary. 4. The Government would be happy to start a probe into how this situation went so badly, because they would be spending your money to do it. Because the Province is in debt, they would have to collect more taxes to pay for it. So, get ready. BOHICA (Bend over, here it comes again)

  • Grumpy Old Man
    January 07, 2014 - 12:48

    What happened? When did we become such wusses? It's not the first time the power went and it won't be last. I remember a time when the power went, it would gone for a week. No rotating blackouts, just gone. And the whining was nothing compared to today. I've never had any respect for politicians and still don't. But if you want someone to hold your hand and tell to you that it'll all get better then call your mom. Good god man. Crews were out up on those polls in crappy weather, risking their lives to bring back power as quickly as possible. Apparently the editor, and others, thinks it's more important to bash a premier that will be gone in a couple of years instead of thanking those crews.

    • brad
      January 07, 2014 - 16:49

      Thanks to all the crews out working hard to restore power...You do realise though that the world has this thing called technology and pretty much everybody relies on electricity to run everything .Nobody I know has a woodstove in the kitchen anymore.

  • Harry M.
    January 07, 2014 - 10:30

    What else have u come to expect from Premier Kathy Dunderdale? This is one of the traits of a Progressive Conservative no compassion or real world concerns for ordinary Newfoundlanders. Ms Dunderdale has been in office to long. Time for a change....