Nfld. & Labrador

N.L. premier and opposition debate on Twitter

There will be no debate in Newfoundland and Labrador's house of assembly until it opens next spring, but that hasn't completely stopped the premier and the opposition from exchanging barbs.

The legislature is closed but politicians are dressing each other down online

In October Kathy Dunderdale was the first woman elected Newfoundland and Labrador premier. ((CBC))
There will be no debate in Newfoundland and Labrador's house of assembly until it opens next spring, but that hasn't completely stopped the premier and the opposition from exchanging barbs.

The leaders are now tweeters and they've been using twitter to discuss the province's energy strategy.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale was recently in Boston to speak at an Energy, Trade and Technology Conference

On Saturday, she used the social media site Twitter to send a message - or tweet - about it.

Liberal Yvonne Jones saw the message and tweeted right back.

"We need the power for industry in Labrador not Boston. Have you heard of the mining boom in the land of honey and gravel roads," she wrote.

Dunderdale responded.

"Wrong again. The Lower Churchill will produce power for Labrador, with surplus power. Win. Win. Win.

Liberal Yvonne Jones in the house of assembly in March 2011. (CBC )
Jones shot back

"More like Wind. Wind. Wind. Open the house of assembly…"

Dunderdale didn’t leave it at that.

"What is both sad and scary is that you know or have chosen to know so little about this subject," she wrote.

On the day the Progressive Conservatives won a large majority in the last provincial election, Dunderdale announced the house of assembly won't open until March.

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