has left the Tory Leadership race. ‘Quitter’ is not an entry one would expect to
see on his Resume.
entered the race with gusto, announcing his intention within days of Premier
Dunderdale’s departure. When this Blogger wrote that Danny Williams had arranged
a “fix” for Frank Coleman, Barry called up to confirm he was in the race “to
candidates change their minds all the time, as is their right. The oddity is
that Barry invested so little effort in an enterprise about which he first
seemed so passionate.
to be critical of a Party’s policies, as Barry was; but renewal and change is
created when energetic, creative and interesting people employ well-honed talents
to climb to the top of the political ladder. Quitters rarely get to convince
a large public of the value of their ideas.
it is fine for Bill Barry to criticize the P.C. Party’s system of delegated leadership
conventions. He knew, from
the beginning, that it was constitutionally inscribed and, therefore, the only one
legally permissible right now.
reason he had an obligation, if his formal candidacy was a serious
manifestation of intent, to play within the current rules and to seek change
later, win or lose.
candidacy began with little support; it ended the same way.
The letter announcing
his decision to withdraw noted: “As of now, not a single member of caucus
has seen fit to place support in my direction …it’s less than interesting for
me to play against a stacked deck…the final outcome is preordained”.
are disingenuous and not just because of Danny Williams’ “fix” or his own failure
to bring at least some members of caucus onside.
entered the Race, Mr. Barry had an obligation to make something of the
opportunity; he barely even tried.
that, in all but two ridings, the one year terms of District Association
Executives had run out. As a result, the
delegated process would deliver all eleven delegates rather than just
six. Inclusive of Tory Associations,
like P.C. Youth and P.C. Women, an estimated 710 delegates would have been eligible to attend the Convention, in July. Only
about 160 ex-officio delegates, including the Members of the Tory Caucus,
were exempt from this process, leaving roughly 78% to be chosen in a series of local elections.
basis, Mr. Barry’s opportunity to introduce change to his moribund Party was far from closed. Indeed, the process offered him an enormous “bully
pulpit” to speak about his favourite issues and ultimately, if he displayed the
virtues of a fierce competitor, to win more delegates than Frank Coleman.
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The road to
the eighth floor is seldom as free or easy as it was for Kathy Dunderdale or as
it is now for Frank Coleman. Nor should
it has required hard work on the part of the Candidates. It is a prize in pursuit of which huge demands are placed upon large, highly skilled,
well-funded, organized and motivated teams of workers.
have assembled such a campaign and promoted policies based upon the principles of
open and transparent government, fiscal responsibility and clear headed
social programs. He
might even have talked to a crowed convention and a larger public about the
future of the Province.
Press Releases were an inadequate contribution especially given the current state of public policy and the Government’s recklessness.
Mr. Barry may well have had ideas but he allowed his personal foibles to
get in their way.
needed interaction with the public. He did not possess a skill for communications or characteristics like
political savvy and intuition. He was
fond of disavowing any of the talents of a politician; yet he found room for his own inappropriate “bucket of shit” comment, which indiscreetly he termed a “Billism”.
Coleman, too, had hidden from public view any of the attributes of ‘politician’
ought to have been a clue to Barry that that the possibility of out-organizing his
competitor held promise.
at the delegate selection meetings in Topsail, Clarenville, MUN and Heart’s
Content was dreadful; the largest attracted only 129 people.
numbers offered proof that a
professionally organized campaign might actually have displaced Coleman. When he should have been building a strong team, Barry relied chiefly on his own persuasiveness. That was a poor calculation.
political aspirations. But he did not bring to their pursuit the single-mindedness he is known to have employed in his business.
he succeeded only in confirming he did not have the discipline to play by the
rules. He had no stomach for the marathon of foot slogging, the little victories tempered by incessant disappointments that are part of the game; he was unprepared for the large investment of money and resources winning, and losing, requires.
His departure has served only to have him play into the hands of his nemesis, Danny Williams, who has secured for Frank Coleman a free ride.
Mr. Barry did not have what it takes.
for his efforts and wish him all the best.