Liberal leadership candidate Dwight Ball unveiled a shiny new slogan Tuesday: “No unanswered questions.”
Not only is Ball promising to answer everything, he’s appealing to social media for questions.
What’s more, speaking to The Telegram Tuesday, Ball said it’s not good enough for politicians to just answer questions; they have to do it without dodging or being evasive.
“I think, as a rule, politicians have a way to evade answering questions directly in a lot of cases,” Ball said. “From my own point of view, I’ve tried to be as fair as I could be based on the information that I’ve had.”
So to recap: Dwight Ball is committing to leave “no unanswered questions” and he’s happy to field questions from the Internet, and he’s not going avoid answering questions directly.
With that in mind, yours truly decided to put his commitment to the test. Judge for yourself how well he’s doing.
If you had to compare yourself to a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
Ball: I guess some similarities, living on the west coast of Newfoundland and growing up around the forest and all that, I like the idea of those spruce trees. Actually, they’re constant, they’re consistent in colour, they’re actually strong, they’re very resilient, and they’ve been able to withstand many of the environmental challenges we’ve had to face through their lifetime.
To me, a spruce tree means consistency; it means strength, and you know, if you ask for that comparison, that would be it.
If you had to fight a horse-sized duck or a hundred duck sized horses, which would you pick?
Ball: I think I’d take the horse-sized duck. I’d rather have one challenger. If I’ve got to go into face somebody, I’d rather have one challenger than try to take on a full army.
If you were a superhero, what would your secret identity be?
Ball: My secret identity would be. … Well, it would have to be something red in nature, of course, being Liberal. I’d love to have the ability to be able to actually be in places as quickly as possible. So for my superhero would have to be able to, obviously, fly around wearing some kind of a red type uniform which would actually be symbolic of my Liberal values.
If you had to pick one candidate in the Liberal leadership campaign who you think is your biggest threat, who would that be?
Ball: Oh, I don’t look at any particular one candidate as threats at all. What it is is that we have five people — four others — and what I believe right now is that all of us, that we believe that for whatever reason we can be the best leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. So I don’t see any of them as threats. I see those four other people as opportunities to actually promote the Liberal party and actually help the Liberal party form the next government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
If you die, would you rather be reincarnated as a bird or as a fish?
Ball: Not that I’m looking forward to dying either, but if it was anything like reincarnation, I think I’d prefer to come back as a bird. I’d like to kind of get the bird’s eye view of things and be able to move around as quickly as possible, and be able to meet as many people as possible. So I think birds are able to do that a lot better than fish.
Now, I don’t want to be accused of favouritism here. So I’m hoping that the other four Liberal leadership candidates are going to step up and prove to the public that they’re every bit as committed to openness as Ball is.
I’ll be contacting Paul Antle, Cathy Bennett, Jim Bennett and Danny Dumaresque and inviting them to answer a few questions as well. Ball had no advanced notice of what I was planning on asking him, so I’m going to need to come up with some new questions to ask the other four. If anybody has suggestions for random questions for Liberal leadership candidates, leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, and if you feel like you've got a question that Ball isn't answering, be sure to let me know about that too.