My late husband was an inveterate walker who braved all kinds of conditions and rarely missed an opportunity to cover 10 kilometres a day. On nice, sunny days, he would often return and talk about the people he met, those who appeared only when the circumstances were perfect.
He referred to them as “fair-weather walkers” because they materialized only under ideal conditions and were totally absent when the going got rough.
I use this analogy as an example of what I see occurring in the public arenas of our province at the moment.
I am referring to those whom I call “fair-weather talkers” — those who waiver in their opinions of our premier depending on whether circumstances are pleasant or profitable (in which case the “talk” is positive) or whether circumstances are disagreeable or disadvantageous (in which case the “talk” is negative).
It’s as if you can’t support a person unless there is a constant flow of cheerful, satisfying announcements to be made.
Does it look like fun?
Is there anyone out there who thinks the government, and the premier in particular, gets some kind of ghoulish satisfaction in making difficult decisions? Are there people who really think a government forced to make tough calls is seeking popularity at the polls? Are there people out there who really think about our elected representatives and their rationale for doing what is often a thankless task?
I tend to base my support on what I see and know of a person’s character and I’d like to explain why I fully support our premier.
It begins with my own MHA, Susan Sullivan. I’ve known and worked with her for years, and when she entered the political arena, I gladly supported her.
Why? Well, my experience with her revealed an intelligent, knowledgeable, focused individual with a deep passion for our community and province, a deep-rooted sense of connection and engagement, all coupled with a strong desire to serve.
I know that much thought and effort goes into all her decision-
making and every judgment call is made only after listening to all sides and doing much soul-searching.
It is not in her makeup to knowingly hurt or disadvantage anyone, but if tough choices have to be made, then she will analyze and assess to make the best decision she can under trying circumstances.
It was through my involvement with Susan that I met our premier, Kathy Dunderdale.
It did not take very long to see that the very qualities I admired in one were mirror reflections of the other.
Their strength of character and their open desire to ”make it right,” as Mike Holmes so aptly states, gave me fresh hope for the future of our province and our descendants.
Could they fix everything, right every past mistake, please every resident, politician or company they encountered, give me everything I wanted?
But I could rest assured that, based on what I know of these two wonderful women, the decisions made would not be frivolous or thoughtless, that there are at least two good listeners at the helm willing to use this wonderful faculty they possess to develop fresh insights and ideas that fuel success.
Their openness to listening well enables them to challenge many of the ideas and assumptions that are put on their platters as they endeavour to understand what is being presented as options.
The value of their introspection cannot be under-rated in what constitutes governance today in our province.
Making hard choices
When daunting decisions have to be made, I know which pipers I want calling the tune. Anyone can make the easy choices.
So, for all you “fair weather talkers” out there, my best advice is to get to know your representative as I know these two wonderful representatives we are so fortunate to have serving us today.
Think about what they are really trying to do.
Ask yourself, why did they make this decision? Then you might come to the same conclusion I have.
With representatives like Kathy Dunderdale and Susan Sullivan, we are in very capable, caring hands.
Beverley Butler writes from