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For MHA Tom Osborne, it’s been quite a week of opinions, slurs, and nasty declarations aimed his way.  

The Progressive Conservative party and cabinet ministers alike said the party is stronger without Osborne in the fold. One minister is quoted as saying “good riddance.”

Osborne listed numerous reasons why he made such a drastic career decision, all contradicted by the premier.

Someone isn’t being honest here.

How quickly people turn on you if you don’t agree with the masses or, in Osborne’s case, toe the party line.

How about a few questions on a lie detector test taken by all members on the governing side of the House?

Do you fully support the amendment to Bill 29?

Do you support Muskrat Falls development as it stands?

Do you always support government policies just to save your own behind? Not all MHAs would pass.

Mr. Osborne’s only mistake was not leaving the party before voting for something he didn’t support.

I have absolutely no personal affiliation with Mr. Osborne, yet I am proud of his brave decision.

Tom, best of luck in the future.

 

Cathy Sheehan

St. John’s

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  • William Daniels
    September 21, 2012 - 16:10

    Well said Cathy. Agree or not with what he did it took guts.

  • Roy
    September 21, 2012 - 08:14

    Sorry, but I don't feel bad for Tom Osborne. Maybe it's because I don't trust any politicians. I do think he's as good as anyone else in politics but he is a political animal like the rest of them. I don't buy his reasons for leaving. We elect our representatives to do what is best for us. If he felt so strongly about the reasons for leaving then why didn't he speak up and act when doing so could have made a difference. Not months later. Yes, he most likely would have ended up turfed out like Fabian but at least he would have taken a stand when it was the right time to do so. Instead, he leaves when it finally becomes apparent that he will never again obtain a Cabinet position in these end days of Tory rule. Brave?? I don't think so.