Openness focus of Marshall’s first throne speech

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In today’s throne speech, Premier Tom Marshall made his most significant signal so far that the government is doing everything possible to be more open and transparent.

After years of delays, the government will finally enact whistleblower legislation, and there will be an "Open Government Initiative" to make more information available to people.

The push for increased transparency - secrecy has been one of the most damaging sources of criticism for the government - was the most conspicuously new commitment in the throne speech.

Marshall will only be premier through until July, when the party picks a permanent leader, so he doesn't have very long to fulfill the promises of the speech - or leave it for the next guy.

Most of the speech was devoted to looking at the past, including the poverty reduction strategy, the free trade agreement with Europe, municipal infrastructure and money for health care.

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  • gord
    March 16, 2014 - 00:16

    I see the issue here as all want to complain but the reality is no one wants to listen! You've got the best there is to lead the PC party even though he doesn't want the job. Electronic media allows you to criticize without disclosure and you do without balls!

  • Adam
    March 13, 2014 - 07:34

    In my opinion Tom Marshall is not dishonest enough to remain Premier. He is someone who can be relied upon and his nature belies what his party stands for. I believe Mr. Marshall is trying to achieve as much as he can in the little time he will be sitting as interim Premier. The whistleblower legislation is likely something that the PC party - in all their arrogance while being led by Ms. Dunderdale - didn't believe was necessary. Caucus members could have been afraid to stand against their leader. Maybe not afraid, but maybe they didn't want any outward appearance of fracturing from within. Honestly I believe Mr. Marshall is trying to make things right, but unfortunately I think it's a case of too little too late. The people are disgruntled; the PC's will learn this the hard way during the next election. Let's hope Mr. Marshall listens to the people - and becomes FOR the people - in the limited time he has in office. Because the PC party certainly isn't.

  • Corporate Psycho
    March 12, 2014 - 21:47

    Talk is cheap.

  • Crazy
    March 12, 2014 - 17:20

    @ Mike, Man your just to funny, you got your owns way of insulting Tom Marshall. Good for you Mike.

  • W Bagg
    March 12, 2014 - 15:01

    Openess? We still haven't been told the final estimate on MF.

  • Mike
    March 12, 2014 - 14:33

    It is too bad that Tom Marshall does not want to be premier because he is definitely one honest, transparent person worthy of the role. There has been so much manipulation and cloak of secrecy in the past that people don't recognize honesty any more.

  • Mike
    March 12, 2014 - 14:32

    It is too bad that Tom Marshall does not want to be premier because he is definitely one honest, transparent person worthy of the role. There has been so much manipulation and cloak of secrecy in the past that people don't recognize honesty any more.

    • joebennett
      March 12, 2014 - 16:19

      He was part of this secrecy. The only reason he seems to be the good guy now, is the polls are not good. People are getting too smart for this kind of foolishness. It's time for Tom to sit back now and draw his gold-plated pension.

  • Dawn
    March 12, 2014 - 13:57

    Transparency and whistleblower. All well and good Tommie. But why didn't you open your mouth before when Dunderdale was keeping things under wraps? Your promises now lack sincerity and appear only to be attempts at rescuing the PC Party.

    • george p b
      March 12, 2014 - 16:29

      Dawn--be realistic... How often do you see cabinet ministers openly contradicting the premier????? Do you openly criticize your boss?????? duh....

    • Henry
      March 13, 2014 - 11:07

      Dawn the difference between a sincere politician and his convictions is how he sees his role in the Nfld assembly. Mr. Marshall was elected by the public not Kathey Dunderdale. Mr. Marshall certainly could have spoke out against his own party if he did not agree with his colleagues legislative agenda and could have sat as a independent any time. Their are examples of cabinet ministers who resigned the PC party and crossed the floor because they did not agree with the cabinet position. That takes guts. You have to wonder if the current polls suggested the PCs would likely win a election would their be whistle blower legislation tabled today. Would this declared openness be even their if the poll numbers were in their favor. The PCs are struggling and will say and do any thing now to posture themselves for the next election. It is time for the Nfld. Voter to teach the Progressive Conservatives a lesson and not return them to power. It is the right thing to do. You cannot change the spots on a leopard! No matter what. Do you want to risk that the PCs will behave the same way if given another majority mandate. Personally I don't like to gamble, do you. The current government created Muskrat Falls and have saddled the Newfoundlander with a huge debt for decades and please keep in mind that our electricity bills will increase significantly when the power goes on line, I am sure of that. I'll close by saying if you thought electricity bills were higher this winter with extreme temps then if this cold temp trend continues in the future watch what Muskrat Falls will do to your electricity bills then. Keep in mind it was the progressive Conservatives who brought this on us with no sensitivity tot the rate payor at all.