Dwight Ball tells The Telegram that if he were to be reincarnated, he’d rather come back as a bird instead of a fish.
Also, given the choice, he’d also prefer to fight a single horse sized duck as opposed to fighting a hundred duck sized horses.
These were some of the questions that The Telegram fired at Ball after he announced Tuesday that part of his campaign for the Liberal leadership, he wants to leave “no question unanswered.”
What’s more, it isn’t just pesky newspaper reporters with hypothetical questions about animals; Ball said he wants to hear from people on the Internet.
“We often get questions that actually get posted to Facebook or even an internal message or a private message through Twitter,” Ball said.
“What I wanted to do is actually answer those questions publicly, because I’m sure if one person or a couple of people asked you a question, it’s really on the minds a lot of other people, so this puts us on the record — by using the social media in this case — to actually get those answers out there.”
It’s not clear whether Ball actually means that he’ll answer every single question, when he says that he’ll leave “no question unanswered.”
Speaking to The Telegram, he said there are totally legitimate reasons why a politician might not answer a question — in the case of personal, private information involving an individual, for example.
But Ball said most of the questions he’s getting are around policy.
“So far the questions that we’ve been receiving have been, in a general sense, around education, around Bill 29. This morning we’ve had questions around Muskrat Falls and school board amalgamations,” he said.
His campaign has already posted one video, in which he answers a question from somebody on Facebook about Bill 29; Ball’s position is that the Liberals would repeal it as their first act in the House of Assembly.
He said it’s not just good enough to answer all the questions that he gets; the goal is to answer them directly.
“I think as a rule, politicians have a way to evade answering questions directly in a lot of cases,” he 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.”
Ball was game for a few questions from The Telegram; in addition to speculating about reincarnation and musing about fighting a horse-sized duck, Ball revealed that if he was a superhero, he’d like to dress in all red and be able to fly, and if he compared himself to a tree, he thinks he’s most like a spruce.
When asked, “If you had to pick one candidate in the Liberal leadership campaign who you think is your biggest threat, who would that be?” Ball didn’t mention a specific candidate.
“Oh, I don’t look at any particular one candidate as threats at all,” he said. “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.”
For a full transcript of The Telegram’s questions for Ball, and his answers, go to: www.thetelegram.com/Blog/b/