My decennial
vacation forced me to rely on reports for what Frank Coleman said when he announced
he was seeking the leadership of the P.C. Party.
  This Blogger confirmed six weeks ago that the
“fix” was in; Danny had recruited Coleman and the Caucus had fallen in line,
just as it had for Dunderdale.
rumours of Coleman’s wobbling abounded until the decision became official.

before sitting in a kayak to navigate the warm waters of the Baja Peninsula the
internet confirmed Coleman’s move.    It
reported a story, too, that Steve Kent, John Ottenheimer and Shawn Skinner had contracted
a case of weak-knees.  Williams had given
them the evil eye, it seems, a look evidently so malevolent that it melted
their already half-completed nomination forms. 
They know they must never shag with the dark forces.  But, what of it, if deference is their strong

Back on Terra
Nova, I asked one wit how Coleman’s Press Conference had turned out.  He replied: “B’y it was as boring as a eulogy
at Fillatre’s”.   (Fillatre operates Funeral Homes on the West Coast).  That seemed an odd if not
depressing characterization of Coleman’s coming out.

I scoured
the internet and found no “Frank Coleman for Premier” Web Site and no Press
Statement; then off to the CBC archives, only to learn the Candidate had
introduced himself and otherwise said little about the job he hoped to
  Not a word was spoken as to what
he stood for nor any of those all-important matters of public policy.

Coleman is
hardly a household name; that he might share a little of himself, seemed not
too excessive an expectation.

I wondered. Can
I count on Cochrane? Surely, CBC’s On-Point would attempt to fill a rather
large gap in the register of one who sought to be the Province’s First

Had I known
the two ads that constitute the price of admission to the CBC’s On-Line video
would be the most upbeat and informative part of the ‘Show’, I might have
logged off then.  But expectation is
always the mother of disappointment. 

I was
fifteen minutes into On-Point when the thought struck me: is Cochrane going to
do all the talking? Who is interviewing whom?

muttered he wanted to keep the economic momentum going that the Tories had
started; mid-way, pressed by Cochrane as to his plans, he offered that he
wanted to deal with some things successive Governments had kicked down the road
like the public sector pension plan. He opined that he had no solution right now.   

talked about the importance of transparency alluding to Dunderdale’s failure to
connect and noted “he is the sort of person who likes to let people into the

It took
Cochrane to say that Premier Marshall was working on that though it struck me Cochrane
must be big on Committees because the evidence is less than impressive that
Marshall is engaging in anything but talk, especially on the matter of
oversight of Muskrat Falls. 

Pressed by
the Host on the subject of ‘change’, all Cochrane got was Coleman’s admission
he is a “fiscal conservative”.

That’s as
much as we know of what Frank Coleman is bringing to the table; slim pickin’s
in the era of Television, Facebook and Twitter. 
I guess he’s just not a ‘content’ guy.

Then, I remembered
the earlier sage, the one who described Coleman’s official announcement as
“boring as a eulogy at Fillatre’s”.  Of
course, Coleman had never intended to say anything.

Suddenly, I understood
what he meant by “fiscal conservative”:  it’s
an economy of words, stupid! 

Jeepers, one
Dwight Ball is boring enough.  But two?  
                                       FRANK COLEMAN: RELUCTANT BRIDEGROOM?
Des Sullivan
Des Sullivan
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Uncle Gnarley is hosted by Des Sullivan, of St. John's. He is a businessman engaged over three decades in real estate management and development companies and in retail. He is currently a Director of Dorset Investments Limited and Donovan Holdings Limited. During his early career he served as Executive Assistant to Premier's Frank D. Moores (1975-1979) and Brian Peckford (1979-1985). He also served as a Part-Time Board Member on the Canada-Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB). Uncle Gnarley appears on the masthead representing serious and unambiguous positions on NL politics and public policy. Uncle Gnarley is a fiscal conservative possessing distinctly liberal values and a non-partisan persusasion. Those values and opinions underlie this writer's views on NL's politics, economy and society. Uncle Gnarley publishes Monday mornings and more often when events warrant.


Bill left public life shortly after the signing of the Atlantic Accord and became a member of the Court of Appeal until his retirement in 2003. During his time on the court he was involved in a number of successful appeals which overturned wrongful convictions, for which he was recognized by Innocence Canada. Bill had a special place in his heart for the underdog.

Churchill Falls Explainer (Coles Notes version)

If CFLCo is required to maximize its profit, then CFLCo should sell its electricity to the highest bidder(s) on the most advantageous terms available.


This is the most important set of negotiations we have engaged in since the Atlantic Accord and Hibernia. Despite being a small jurisdiction we proved to be smart and nimble enough to negotiate good deals on both. They have stood the test of time and have resulted in billions of dollars in royalties and created an industry which represents over a quarter of our economy. Will we prove to be smart and nimble enough to do the same with the Upper Churchill?


  1. "Coleman muttered he wanted to keep the economic momentum going that the Tories had started; "
    I got a chuckle out of that comment in his eulogy as well. Yes it was the tories that caused the GDP in Newfoundland to lead the county, not Exxon, Vale, Husky, or the rest of private enterprises that have spurred spending and development the last few years. It was in fact the big reno job completed up on confederation building and "ALL" the new schools they've built across the province and new roads. Glad to know our GDP is bumping right along thanks to Government spending.

  2. Bill Barry is quitely offering policy, and debate. Check his website. There are policy papers being published. I have little that I do not agree with. Bill Barry is the right choice for Premier… maybe not for the tories.