Two Newfoundland MPs Condemn Martin
Newfoundland is represented by five Liberals, but only backbenchers Bill Matthews and Scott Simms backed the opposition motion to condemn their own government. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's motion also called for Prime Minister Martin to abide by election promises to allow Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to keep 100 per cent of their offshore oil revenues.
The sad fact is that this represents yet another attempt by Mr. Harper to create a scandal in order to gain momentum for a possible election in the near future. Should Newfoundland's energy revenue be discounted in their equalization payments they would become the third most affluent province overnight. For a tiny island which has lived off the generosity of the other provinces for much of its history to expect this is incredibly selfish. For Mr. Harper to suggest they are entitled to expect it is a sign of a desperate politician with no morals.