The decision by the Liberal Party to ignore candidate John
Abbott’s request to “stop the clock” on the May 9th leadership vote is both
disrespectful and unwise. Yes, the public wants to see the ‘arse end’ of Dwight
Ball as quickly as possible, but his unsuitability was recognized, including by
his own Caucus, long before now. A few more weeks won’t matter didley squat.
process applied to replacing Ball is fair, dignified and respectful to the candidates
– and to the public, too. If not them, who does a political Party serve?
selection process is inextricably linked to the next Premier’s legitimacy. The
public is watching; their metric of winning leadership may be just a bit
different than that of the Party’s insiders.
figured out that Andrew Furey is the “establishment man”. The announcement of
his candidacy, attended by all but two members of the Liberal Caucus, and an
assortment of other worthies, may well constitute an unmistakable message that
their idea of “process” is allowing the “contest” to proceed- at all; not that
it should also be fair. But a warning: the public has a nose for arrogance.
arbitrariness around the Tories’ handpicked successor to Kathy Dunderdale –
Frank Coleman – reeked of the same dismissal of Party members’ capacity to
think for themselves. We know how that worked out.
to shadowdy “guiding hands”. All parties have their quota of people blinded by
ambition – and stupidity. In this context, a “we know best” mantra really means
that the winner has already been chosen! The arrogance is not uncommon. It’s
just too common.
will recognize Andrew Furey’s father, the Senator, before they will recognize
him. But Liberals are not being asked to vote for his father. Furey’s
credentials seem impressive enough except, this time, the Liberal Party is
actually very fortunate to have two contenders whose accomplishments are worth
a spot in any Party’s window.
men, especially in the face of an historic shutdown over COVID-19, when the
normal machinations of social and political interaction are prohibited,
Liberals insiders are saying, in effect, this aberrant status quo suits us just
be looking for ways to expose each candidate’s ideas, what they are committed
to, what they understand about the province’s desperate financial position,
their solutions, and if either has a commitment to policies that should be
aired now. The candidates should not only be tested; all the stops should be
pulled to make the Leadership contest exactly that – a “contest”.
runs contrary to notions of political familiarization.
resigned his position in response to the Party’s intransigence. MHA Pam Parsons
has suggested that “the last thing people in her district are thinking about is
electing a new leader.” On Friday, Andrew Furey released a statement indicating that he would support a decision to suspend the race, reversing his earlier position.
decision. Some may harbour notions that the cloud that formed over five years of
Dwight Ball will magically disappear.