It sounded a lot like a campaign speech when Liberal Leader Dwight Ball took to the podium Wednesday in Conception Bay South.
Ball promised to improve education and health care, reduce red tape and run a better government.
“You cannot lose if you’re honest with people and you do the right thing. That’s the recipe for success,” Ball told the audience at the Conception Bay Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon. “A Liberal government led by me will always strive to do the right things, and do them for the right reasons.”
Ball promised that if he’s elected premier, he’ll do better.
“We want the people that we elect to treat us with respect, manage our finances responsibly and be open and accountable. Clearly, this is not the case with this PC government. Liberal commitments and actions will be meaningful and will focus on your interests first. A Liberal government will be accountable, they will be accountable to you, and will always do what’s best, in your interests.”
He said he wants to “create vibrant, sustainable communities” and he’d do that by “having government that ensures that the necessary tools are in place.”
He also addressed access to information policy. Ball has committed to reversing the Bill 29 amendments and to opening up government.
But Premier Tom Marshall has already fast-tracked a review of access to information legislation.
“Maybe this government will get some sense and repeal it,” Ball said.
But he said he’s not convinced the Tory government can reverse its tendency towards secrecy, and it goes well beyond Bill 29.
“We still have the Energy Corporation Act and lots of other things that they’ve done. School board amalgamation, as an example. We’ve yet to see any of the reports to substantiate saving the millions of dollars that this government has claimed to make,” he said. “It’s not only just the decisions themselves, it’s how the decisions were made. And this government refuses to release any of that information.”