Opposition Leader Yvonne Jones is trying to make political hay out of the new rosy relationship between Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Prime Minister Stephen Harper.In the House of Assembly Monday during question period, Jones hammered the government on everything from 5 Wing Goose Bay, changes to the equalization formula and shrimp quota cuts - all federal issues.
Speaking to reporters outside of the House, Jones said Dunderdale has fallen silent on all other issues in exchange for federal support on the Muskrat Falls hydro project.
"She sold out the people of Newfoundland and Labrador on every other file," Jones said. "If Premier Dunderdale and her caucus wants to associate itself with that government and what they're doing to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, then they're selling out every single one of us."
Dunderdale appeared with Harper when he visited the province on Friday.
Harper announced that based on certain criteria, the federal government will provide a loan guarantee or equivalent financial support to the Muskrat Falls project.
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff was in town Monday, and has announced that he, too, supports a loan guarantee for Muskrat Falls, but Dunderdale was not there.
Jones, meanwhile, was onstage with him, despite being one of the project's most vocal opponents.
Dunderdale said it's important to acknowledge when Harper is working in the best interests of Newfoundland and Labrador.
"I don't feel like I've thrown my political fortunes in with the federal Conservatives," Dunderdale said.
But the new friendly tone is far different than the tone of the last federal election in 2008 and the "Anything But Conservative" campaign led by then-premier Danny Williams.
Back then, Dunderdale was quoted as saying Harper cannot be trusted, and she campaigned door to door with Liberal Siobhan Coady.
"Now, all of a sudden it's OK to trust him," Jones said. "Now he's become the new best friend to the Tory caucus."
Dunderdale said that campaign arose from a very specific set of circumstances. She said she doesn't regret her position back then, but times change.