"I love the smell of fish and brewis in the morning..."Sep 28th, 2011 | By Heber Dolphy | Category: Arts
This week’s controversy over Defense Minister Peter MacKay’s taxpayer-funded helicopter trip from a remote lodge on the Gander River in Newfoundland masks a much more complex story of the minister’s activities, URNews has learned.
The “official” story has the minister a guest of Marine Atlantic chairman Rob Crosbie at the fishing lodge when government business required him to cut his vacation short by a day to attend a training exercise, necessitating a quick chopper ride to the event.
But sources say the minister was on a clandestine mission up the river to negotiate with – or, if necessary, terminate – an incipient rebellion by former Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams.
Williams, apparently unhappy with the state of governance in Newfoundland after his retirement from politics, had set himself up as a demigod deep in the Newfoundland wilderness, surrounded by large numbers of adoring fans, open-line callers and others too feeble-minded to grasp the stupidity of blustering nativist rhetoric.
Sources say the Minister dealt with the problem “with extreme prejudice” but due to the sensitive nature of the operation has agreed to the “helicopter ride” cover story as a way to explain his movements without compromising the full operation.