I see MHA Tom Osborne has announced he is joining the provincial Liberal party. Really, I think he’s eying Ryan Cleary’s federal seat. You wait and see. He’s setting himself up to run with Justin Trudeau and joining the federal Liberals.
I guess there is risk in everything. No risk, no reward, they say. I hear the Osbornes have a very loyal personal voter base in their St. John’s district. We’ll see how loyal those voters really are when they are put to the colour test.
The wild card is that the NDP (both federally and provincially), seems to have more traction in St. John’s. That’s why Cleary had an extra interest in attempting to get Tom over to the NDP. Politics is so crazy — there is honour, they say, among thieves, but maybe not among politicians. In other words, Tom will not increase his pension by becoming a Liberal or NDP MHA, but by going federal he will.
If he went federal in St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, he probably wouldn’t go with the Conservatives because they are not very popular in Newfoundland and Labrador right now, and he already quit his Tory blue party.
To switch to the provincial NDP now, and go federal in 2015, he would have to challenge Cleary for the NDP nomination. So, likely, he considered he had a better chance in running on a Liberal ticket and facing Cleary in a general election, than running in a NDP nomination against him. And, he might think that Trudeau and the Liberals may have a better chance of forming the next government, more so than the NDP. Everything he is saying on the radio right now is just to cover his tracks.
Maybe Tom had some advice from Bill Matthews, who had good success in the area of trading in his MHA Tory blue for his MP Liberal red. Of course, the double pension has nothing whatsoever to do with it.
Right on! I’m buying the Brooklyn Bridge, tomorrow morning at the crack of dawn.