loss in the CBS by-election reflects what provincial polls have been telling us
for a long time. The Party is unloved and that is being kind. Premier Davis has done nothing to
differentiate himself or his Administration’s approach to either communications
or public policy from that of his recent predecessors.
Does he not want to disassociate himself, at
least, from the Dunderdale era? Does he
not understand voters are still distressed by that time?
reasons that are well-known, this by-election was important to the Government
and to the P.C. Party. Hoping that the bleeding was at an end and having called by-elections in Trinity-Bay de Verde and Humber
East, the Premier might have wanted to proclaim: “Remember,
Remember the 5th of November”! Having lost, he has no rallying cry. The voters are not inspired.
Even the most ardent partisans make no claim that theirs is a Party of
is illuminated by CBC political “Point” man, David Cochrane, who chalked up the
loss to the Tories being out-hustled by a resurgent Liberal Party organization;
except Cochrane has merely identified a symptom, not the source.
malady is neither proven by the Liberals’ gain in the Advance Polls nor is it related to their display of backwardness having used a bristle board abacus, on election night, to track the Party’s performance. Though the Liberal’s digital scoreboard, in
contrast, was hard to ignore, even if a piddling matter, at least it gave the
appearance of a Party attempting to be modern and progressive.
with the Tories? Why can’t the Party or the Leadership change?
is that the Tories are tired to the point of being fatigued. The Party organization, and
the Government, too, are out of sorts.
In metaphorical terms, they are diseased; the Party suffers from political
anemia. The problem cannot be explained
by any other diagnosis.
all political parties who have eaten their own best talent, failed to conduct renewal
carefully, and are left only with the corporeal ranks to perform a large, complicated, even cerebral mission.
by-elections losses, poor decision-making, and a weak Cabinet manifest the
disease most evidently; but, at its core is a dire lack of new blood. Symptoms include not just organizational
lethargy but a dizziness that inhibits leadership and clear vision. There is a
reliance on what worked in years past; the energy that once gave succor to
courage is no longer noticed on the public register.
that afforded the once great Party authority, integrity and a justifiable
confidence is dying a slow death. The Party
of Brian Peckford, Bill Marshall, John C. Crosbie, Lynn Verge and Hazel McIssac
is sclerotic. In the words of the Smallwood slayer, Frank Moores: “it won’t be
long now”, voiced at a time when the shoe was on the other foot.
doubt that Paul Davis has good intentions. No one has reservations about his
fundamental integrity. But after only
six weeks as Premier he has proven what many, including this scribe, have long concluded. He is not up to the job.
Premier Davis comes to the realization he must do things far differently or he
facts. The Premier did not inherit a dynasty as much as he did a debacle.
NTV/MQO Poll results have striking similarity with those low levels to which
Premier Dunderdale determinably dragged them.
After more than two years of nuttiness, who could blame an electorate
for failing to recover from the night sweats of our collective PTSD?
if Tom Marshall was fit to play hockey, let alone score. Frank Coleman? Whoever wished to follow in
his footsteps must be terminal, anyway.
us back to Paul Davis.
Lieutenant Governor had finished brunch, following the Premier’s investiture; three massive flops were
placed on offer. He is the only Premier
in history to have won the coveted prize and failed to enjoy a honeymoon. It is not justice to blame it on poor Judy
has barely mentioned the word Muskrat, cost overruns, oversight or the
Government’s high spending ways. Nalcor’s Ed Martin and Gil Bennett are as smug
as they ever were.
think the Tories only have a problem of organization?
want to slog in wind and rain to win a by-election for an outfit whose only goal is to retain power?
Decent people want to be proud not just of democratic politics, but of their
political Party, too. It is tough to be a Tory
underscore the advanced state of the Government’s sclerosis, what does the
Premier do to move the public beyond the CBS by-election? Having bemoaned the fact that the loss was due to fewer than 100 votes, it doesn’t occur to him that this might be a time to engage the public and employ some intuition concerning what is biting them.
This time it’s a
Court House. Who knew we needed one? It’s not just that he offers no rationale, no cost estimates, or
even a rough budget; he has no plan for the old and historic Court House and no
schedule for completion of the new one.
He offers no thinking on programs for those who have a greater need of
legal services than for more bricks and mortar.
oil prices and declining revenues; spending has been out of control for a long time.
can try as he might to put lipstick on a pig, but he seems not to understand real
change has the benefit of a complete makeover.
if Liberal Leader Dwight Ball has performed as well as he might. But, in the circumstance, he doesn’t have to do very much.
Tories, the public is still waiting.
death comes slowly to this Government.