Carbonear-Harbour Grace voters praised for their gumption

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Voters in Carbonear-Harbour Grace showed real gumption and guts in electing Liberal Sam Slade as their representative in the House of Assembly.

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Voters in Carbonear-Harbour Grace showed real gumption and guts in electing Liberal Sam Slade as their representative in the House of Assembly.

Former MHA Jerome Kennedy, who was known to be restless and impatient, made an impulsive decision to walk away before his term was up, leaving his loyal constituents high and dry. His impulsiveness without due regard for his district is intolerant and a failing in any modern democracy.

There should be a law that says, unless a life or death situation arises, MHAs are legally bound to complete their term as an elected representative to any district. Complacency such as that shown by Jerome Kennedy should be addressed.

During the campaign PC members of the House were telling voters of the district to send in a man who will become a member on the government side of the house.

I think anyone with a grain of salt saw through that nonsense. Sam Slade is now the peoples' representative, a Liberal member who gave the sitting government its comeuppance. For that I say congratulations. Your courageous decision is a lesson for the entire electoral system of our province.

Carbonear- Harbour Gracewill be well serviced by a very well respected citizen from the district, a man with an impeccable record of service.

— Bill Westcott is a resident of Clarke's Beach, in the neighbouring district of Port de Grave.

Geographic location: Port de Grave

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  • fisherman
    December 03, 2013 - 06:50

    isn,t it great to see that the people still believe in the little man sam is a fisherman and that's what we need not the one with to many silver plates in there cupboard

  • Vanagen
    December 02, 2013 - 21:57

    Cashin Delaney have you been talking to Tony down in Burin because you should form a trio with Linda and sing the praises of the PC' s and Mrs Blunderdale.

  • Linda
    November 29, 2013 - 09:04

    I am also from the district of Carbonear-Harbour Grace and feel that Jack Harrington is also a great guy and would have been a wonderful representative. Jack has helped many people over the past few years and has been involved in alot of organizations over many years. What harmed Jack most is that Slade was the mayor of the largest town in the district and got a majority of his votes from that area. It is unreal to see what has been put into our district over the past 6-7 years. I guess its a case of 'what can you do for me tomorrow rather than being thankful for what we have and look forward to more of the same?' No wonder we are looked at as a Newfie joke!!

  • Cashin Delaney
    November 28, 2013 - 23:12

    Kennedy did what he was told and got out when he should. Nothing restless, impatient, or impulsive about it, unless you believe everything you see on TV or read in the papers. "There should be a law that says, unless a life or death situation arises, MHAs are legally bound to complete their term as an elected representative to any district." Making galley slaves of MHAs for the rotten ship Modern Democracy is a wonderful way to increase participation in politics. We will surely get results with this method of political life or death impressment. "Complacency such as that shown by Jerome Kennedy should be addressed." Kennedy has on the contrary displayed impeccable mastery in his objectives. Like his counterpointing countertenor of public manipulation inside Enron (... sorry, ah........Nalcor its called, OK NALCOR sorry, I get them confused), Gilbert Bennett, Kennedy sang his heart out for Muskrat Falls and captivated us all. They say the last castrato died in 1922, but you could doubt it when "attack-mode Kennedy" climbed the register in the HOA serenading Eddy Joyce. If these highfalutin choir boys can steal the show (C.B.S Guy Fawkes night electrode public meeting was a classic), and have feeble-minded letter writers and opposition attack only them personally, they have won honour (and reprieve) for their masters by taking our attention from the study of our federally, and local legacy-driven "river mercury contamination for sky carbon credit" scheme toward personal issues. Bennett will be gone soon, now that both generation and transmission have been approved. I challenge Bill Westcott to consider how many of his blowhard letters deal with issues, and how many are personal whine shows better kept in dear diary.

  • John Smith
    November 28, 2013 - 19:06

    The only thing sweeter would have been if Jerome stuck around to take the thumping himself.

  • Corporate Psycho
    November 28, 2013 - 15:10

    Well said Bill. This government has never been further out of touch with the people.

  • Too Funny
    November 28, 2013 - 14:21

    It was Liberal district until a PC government came to power and soon the Liberals will be in power so they voted Liberal. What you call "real gumption and guts" is what others call political opportunism.