Premier designate Frank Coleman talked about the provincial economy and the record of the PC Party, speaking to the Rotary Club of St. John's Thursday.
Premier designate Frank Coleman (right) chats with Rotary Club of St. John's president Ian Penney. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
"We're not only relevant, but we're the best party to lead this province," Coleman said.
Coleman's speech was combative, and directly aimed at Liberal Leader Dwight Ball, saying that the government has improved services and grown the economy in the past 10 years. By contrast, Coleman said that Ball's alternative is nothing more than pessimism and austerity.
Coleman said with few exceptions, people are better off than they were a decade ago, the province's finances are on a stronger footing, and population out-migration has declined. "The rest of Canada no longer sees us as a joke," he said. "We are admired, respected and an economy worth emulating."
He said everything isn't perfect, and that's what is motivating him in politics, but he said he believes the province is better positioned than at any other time in history. The speech to Rotary was the first public event Coleman has done in the capital city since he entered politics more than two months ago.
Premier designate Frank Coleman addressing St. John's Rotary Club
Premier designate Frank Coleman is speaking to members of the St. John's Rotary Club this afternoon.
In the attached photo, Coleman (right) chats with Rotary Club of St. John's president Ian Penney, prior to the start of the club's weekly luncheon meeting at the Sheraton Newfoundland hotel.