Eddie Joyce says there was nothing opportunistic about Paul Lane’s decision to give up his position within the Tory ranks and move across the legislature floor to be a Liberal.
MHA Eddie Joyce
Lane, now the MHA for Mount Pearl South, made the political move Monday morning.
Joyce, the MHA for Bay of Islands, was among the provincial Liberals who flanked Lane during his announcement. Joyce said Lane has given up the extra money he was earning as a Parliamentary secretary to Innovation, Business and Rural Development Minister Charlene Johnson, a position that put him closer to possibly making his way into Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s cabinet at some point.
During Monday’s news conference, Liberal Leader Dwight Ball said Lane will not get any special treatment for crossing the floor and will have to earn the nomination if he wants to run in the next provincial election in 2015.
Of course, Lane will also have to face the electorate who voted him in as a Tory should he run in defence of his seat as a Liberal in the next general election.
“Obviously, he is a man of conviction and he made this decision as a matter of principle,” Joyce said in an interview later Monday.
Lane has a reputation for being vocal on issues. Joyce said Monday’s development shows there is growing disgruntlement within the Tory ranks, and Lane is someone who will stand for what he believes in.
Vaughn Granter, the Tory MHA for Humber West, was unavailable for an interview Monday, but sent an emailed statement about his thoughts on the big political news of the day.
“(I) can only say that everyone makes up his or her mind on the political decisions they make and timing of such decisions and Mr. Lane is no different,” wrote Granter.
“He will be judged by the constituents he represents. It is they who will decide on the move he made. It always is. That’s the way it works.”
Granter said only Lane could speak to the motivation behind his decision.
“On a lighter side, I will be interested in the topic of choice for his first question in question period,” wrote Granter.
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