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. Still,
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
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.
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
perform. Not a word was spoken as to what
he stood for nor any of those all-important matters of public policy.
hardly a household name; that he might share a little of himself, seemed not
too excessive an expectation.
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
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.
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
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.
the Host on the subject of ‘change’, all Cochrane got was Coleman’s admission
he is a “fiscal conservative”.
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.
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.
what he meant by “fiscal conservative”: it’s
an economy of words, stupid!
Dwight Ball is boring enough. But two?