A tale of two speeches

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A couple weeks ago, Liberal Leader Dwight Ball gave a speech to a glitzy $500-a-plate fundraiser at the Delta Hotel. In it, he gave more detail than I've ever heard from him before about what a Liberal government would do with the levers of power, if they win the 2015 election. You can listen to it here. Click clip one.

(If you're reading on mobile, the full audio is here.)

Last Thursday, premier-in-waiting Frank Coleman held his first public event of any kind in the province’s capital city, two months after he jumped into politics, and a month after he became the de facto leader of the Progressive Conservative party.

His speech was to the Rotary Club of St. John’s, and as I posted on Twitter, it was pretty well-delivered by a guy who only got into politics a couple months ago. (https://twitter.com/TelegramJames/status/469515878682603520) (That tweet was retweeted by six Tory cabinet ministers, a handful of backbenchers and Coleman's son. Make of that what you will.)

Here's a link to Coleman's speech: [clip two] Also, Coleman spoke to the media afterwards, and that was pretty interesting, too: [clip three]

Taken together, these two speeches will give you a pretty good idea of the shape of Newfoundland and Labrador politics right now. We're likely more than a year away from an election, but what we're hearing already sounds suspiciously like campaign messaging.

The Tories are saying the last 10 years have been awesome, and if the Liberals get elected, it'll all go to hell. The Liberals are saying that the last 10 years haven’t been great, but if they get elected, they’ll make things awesome. You’ll have more than a year to decide who to believe, and by that time, you’ll probably be sick of hearing from both parties.

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  • PG Murphy
    May 26, 2014 - 20:07

    I have talked to several people who are business owners and friends of mine and all have said just the opposite of the comments that you made about the speech ,According to multiple sources who attended the event most agreed that the General negative tone of the speech about small business was actually out of touch with small business created from the offshore.The biggest worry is that With a Liberal Government there will be a radical shift from the offshore to a kind of cottage industry that was a liberal mainstay.A good friend of mine who is a director of National Oil well was actually shocked to hear that there has been little or no effect from the offshore on small business in NL.I dont know where Mr Ball got his Info but it might do him well to spend sometime with people who do know what they are talking about