Barry is the wrong choice

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I have been following Bill Barry’s candidacy for the Progressive Conservative leadership and premiership and he is unsuited for the job.

In a recent Telegram article, Bill referred to Newfoundland and Labrador as NL Incorporated and taxpayers as shareholders — if he thinks complex problems facing our province can solved on a balance sheet, he is greatly mistaken.

Given his one-dimensional views of the province as an economic exercise, he hasn’t got a clue what Newfoundland and Labrador is. Our province is a complex society facing issues in health care, education, housing, job creation and other concerns. Our citizens are not shareholders, but citizens from all walks of life. We have students, seniors, newcomers, children, minimal wage earners, blue collar workers and other groups who don’t classify as shareholders.

Not everyone is sharing in the province’s wealth and he’d be the one politician to hurt more citizens. His hinting at privatizing education, health care and our energy system shows a serious incomprehension that not all issues are solved on the free market.

I urge voters to show this guy the door on election day, because if he became premier, he would govern this province as a corporate entity whose main concern is the bottom line. Newfoundland and Labrador is renowned for its generosity and as a caring society for all, and let’s keep it that way.


Helen Webster

St. John’s

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Just Sayin
    February 15, 2014 - 10:10

    I look forward to hear more of Barry's ideas. That he has made a business success in the very difficult fish business suggests more positive ability than Danny Williams success, much being luck, in the cable business. Certainly, Barry has a connection to rural Nfld, and Danny interests don't go much beyond St. John's. Despite his reputation of being tough, from what I know of both men, I'd trust Barry more any day. My main reason is that Williams promoted the Muskrat Falls deal,( unnecessary for the island), he then left government, took a directorship on a mining company, that last week secured a 300 million dollar transmission line from Nalcor ( while a similar line to the Avalon, to reduce Holyrood oil consumption and provide more security against blackouts, was delayed and never proceeded..We need more blunt honest men and women in government....I'm disappointed the media caters to Williams words, which often lack logic, and see much too little of what Barry has to say. When will David of CBC On Point invite Barry on? Or the Telegram staff invite him for a question and answer? He is definitely a underdog in the PC party. I see no one is any of the present PC, Liberal or NDP as Premier material. I hope Barry is, but would like to know more about his views.

  • Corporate Psycho
    February 13, 2014 - 16:38

    When is Curtis Coombs going to crawl out of the woodwork?

  • david
    February 13, 2014 - 16:05

    The author is correct. Anyone who would think that the word "business" is one that can ever be spoken here, let alone thought of in a postivie light, must be burned as a witch. This is a land of irresponsible government handouts, executive gross negligence and mismanagement, budgetary irresponsibility, enormous capital misallocation, never ending band-aid solutions, mountains of growing debt, and a destiny of complete insolvency. Why, everything about this place is the exact OPPOSITE of a business!

  • Rob
    February 13, 2014 - 16:03

    Not much to pick from. Newfoundland has some serious problems it needs to address. The last 10 years of high oil revenue has been one of missed opportunities. Debt and in paticular pension debt has risen. Newfoundland needs someone who will do what is right not and popular. People want things now and forget the impact for the future. I am not saying Mr. barry is the right choice. But we need a real conservative Premier now. Not a PC per say. If some aren't cut today none will be able to helped in tomorrow

  • Flora
    February 13, 2014 - 13:56

    Is Barry saying as he seems to base his governing theory on Newfoundland Corporation: Is any given government body making a profit? No then close it down or privatize it: How does this apply to police/fire services? the courts? health care? legal aid? prosecution services?education?

  • Cyril Rogers
    February 13, 2014 - 12:20

    Interesting discussion on Mr. Barry's leadership or suitability for the role of Premier. The thing about Mr. Barry is that he seems to pull no punches, a trait that can be a detriment in a politician. It is refreshing, but my concern about Mr. Barry is whether he is willing to take the counsel of others in coming to decisions that are about more than the bottom line. Is he a "my way or the highway" kind of person? His track record suggests this to be the case and, if so, he will not be a good Premier, should he ever get elected. The last thing this provinces needs is another leader who will not take advice. That is not to imply that he should not ultimately make decisions but that he needs to consider and be open to all kinds of perspectives. The province needs strong leadership but not the sort of leadership that is embodied in one person. Rather, it is the collective wisdom of many that will be needed to get us out of the current mess we are in….the province does not need a saviour, despite the yearning of many for such an individual.

  • Grandma
    February 13, 2014 - 08:11

    Mr. Barry's past actions regarding the treatment of fishers and fish plant workers should be an indication of how he would run the province, bottom line thinking. There will be others offering themselves for party leader, choose wisely. We get what we ask for!

  • Guy Incognito
    February 13, 2014 - 07:44

    Is that you Danny

  • original townie
    February 13, 2014 - 07:39

    Helen...don't be so ridiculous. Mr. Barry put the running of government in simple terms. It is a business and we all have a stake in it. Don't take things so literally. Maybe you can inform us shareholders whom you think should be the CEO. I for one am sick of this province being run by teachers, ex nuns and the like. It's about time someone with a business background took over the helm, same as Williams.

    • Chantal
      February 13, 2014 - 09:51

      I was unaware that the province is being run by ex-nuns. I guess I don't get out as often as I should. I agree, we need more businessmen running things, like they run Wall Street. I'm just wondering what you do with those that are laid-off to provide massive bonuses for those at the top. Perhaps they should be marched into the harbour.

  • Linda
    February 13, 2014 - 05:57

    Helen, Here a question for you...Do you think Dwight Ball the right man to lead us into the 21 first century? If your answer is no, How do you know for sure Bill Barry isn't the right man.

    • Joe
      February 13, 2014 - 07:09

      I reject the premise that if the Liberal candidate is not acceptable, then the PC candidate must be. They can both be terrible. Happens all the time.