Although this indeed represents a modicum of good news for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, it is unfortunate that Madame Kathy Dunderdale is the only one to step down. The electorate is also done with the arrogance, bullying, narcissism and self-serving attitude presented by other ministers, not to mention stripe-changing opposition members.
We are done with the petty bickering and abuse of privilege in the House. Done with mismanagement of our resources and unfettered squandering of the treasury. Done with ill-maintained infrastructure for the sake of building personal and corporate legacy investing in poorly planned and executed mega-projects.
We need to strenuously remind our honourable ministers individually that poll fixing, secrecy, spin-doctoring the truth, opportunism and hypocrisy will not be tolerated, never mind rewarded.
This government’s collective air of elitism, entitlement and lack of accountability are especially dangerous threats to a well-functioning democracy.
Let us never forget that our elected MHAs do not run the day-to-day, medium- nor long-term functioning of our government. Our highly qualified, well-educated, underpaid, hard-working civilian deputy ministers and assistant deputy ministers, advisers, strategists, analysts and supporting network of grassroots staff provide these essential services.
They are, however, and regrettably, oft misled and poorly guided by unqualified and all-too-frequently self-serving elected premiers, ministers, and back-benching MHAs.
We must remind ourselves and those in power that our elected members’ only purpose is to provide strong leadership, strategic and tactical guidance to the underlying bureaucracy. This leadership and guidance must represent, respect and be accountable to the people of this province.
One final note. Some of our “leaders” publicly professed that last Wednesday was “Kathy Dunderdale’s Day,” as though we should now all turn a blind eye to her and her government’s record of arrogance and abuse of privilege.
This was not her day, this was our day. Even on near-tearful resignation, she could not muster an iota of acknowledgement for her lack of leadership or her clear detachment from the will and needs of the people of this province.
Not one word of remorse, regret, conciliation or apology. Nothing. Spouting Ecclesiastes as though she experienced some profound defining moment of catharsis that finally allowed her to remove herself from the binds of the people who forced her into this position.
Arrogant to the end.
Let’s move on.