The Liberals are about to select a new leader and I’m sure many Tories are secretly knifing theirs in the back based on a bit of recent polling and, as in the past, we start shooting our own.
What is it with Newfoundlanders and provincial leaders? The first thing we do is rake the whole potential slate over the coals and lobby for some potentially messianic figure to emerge from the heavens and save us all.
Get off your asses, friends, and start working on our problems instead of looking to a father/mother leader figure to take us by the hand. All we need is an intelligent, experienced and well-educated person with integrity and the interest and energy to help define and prioritize our goals and create sensible strategies to reach them. We still talk as if we are completely helpless and politically impotent.
To quote Joan Rivers, “Grow up, for God’s sake” and drop that Commission of Government mentality foisted upon our people decades ago by a pack of stuffy English commissioners who starved our population and cast us away with secret negotiations (read Greg Malone’s book).
We’ve come a long way since Confederation, and the funding of education and health has been stupendous while home-grown leaders (yes, including Smallwood, Peckford, Grimes, Williams and Dunderdale) have shaped our industrial and natural resource wealth to fund our goals. Of course, we had some disengaged leaders many decades ago who evolved from money and sat in the House reading newspapers. We’ve also been fortunate to have had some quality leaders who were stymied by the lack of funding.
In 2013 we have many potential quality leaders, an educated population and funding potential. Let’s bring those factors together and stop looking to the clouds for that deus ex machina to rescue us. Let’s look to our forefathers and foremothers, who had very little wealth but survived with dignity, and take inspiration from their accomplishments. Let’s look to ourselves and our new generation’s accomplishments.
Aren’t you just proud to be a Newfoundlander Labradorian? I am and I am proud to be a Canadian. Yet the two are not perfectly the same. We, in this province, are like a small group of mis-stamped coins from the Canadian mint, a Canadian coin but just slightly different.
And what a unique culture we have woven as a consequence of that minute difference.