On Tuesday, the Speaker of the House of Assembly arose and
read an unqualified apology to MHA Gerry Rogers, whom he ousted from the Legislature,
last week. The eviction had been the result
of her unwitting association with a Facebook group against the Premier. The facts of the matter are well known.
his Office, one which is essential to the proper functioning of the Legislature,
in the face of a ruling that was simply wrong.
He has also confirmed that as a person, he is capable of error and of
admitting to the same; a fact that will enhance his reputation as one capable
of conducting his duties without partisanship.
Ms. Rogers, in accepting the Speaker’s apology, told
reporters that he should also apologize to the people of the Province. A more seasoned Member would know when a legitimate
grievance has been answered.
Missing was the Honourable Darin King, Minister of Justice,
who led the charge against the Member, laid out a contrived case and demanded
the apology which led to the Speaker’s unjust ruling. Darin King is remiss in not having followed
the Speaker’s lead. His silence suggests that he is not man enough to admit that
he, too, had erred; the Premier ought to have nodded in his direction, with
raised eyebrow. There is always
admission of a highly publicized mistake, he had ‘taken one for the team’. That would be an unfortunate conclusion. The
Speaker does not speak for the Government; that is the role of the Premier, the
Government House Leader or another Minister whom the Premier might designate. Indeed, at this juncture, the Government, if it
possesses any smarts, will go out of its way to detract, from the Speaker, any
hint of partisanship; Ross Wiseman still has possession of his Office and there
are many more difficult days of partisan acrimony ahead.
it. It has taken a bad bruising. It must be painfully aware of that fact. A wise Premier will bring the matter to a
complete end. FULL STOP.
years left in the Tory mandate and big baggage piling up, the Premier needs to
conduct a re-set. She should waste no
time; moreover, the public likes to see the odd mea culpa, especially from the righteous. This is a good place to do it.
social media gadfly, unlike some in the Tory Caucus, Minister King is at least
a frequent user. He knew, or ought to
have known, the difference in the position he advanced and the real truth of Rogers
and her Facebook association. He has no excuse.
Caucus and to the entire House of Assembly, the Government can try, again, to move
forward. Minister King, you have a job to do.