Each week, it seems, more suits are entering the race to lead the P.C. party with hopes of eventually clawing their way to the top in the next provincial general election.
Critical eyes with political smarts are on them. Danny Williams, for example, took a swing at Corner Brook businessman Bill Barry, giving the impression that the last thing Newfoundland needs is someone like Barry to run the government, someone with maverick views on just about everything important the current government is doing.
When these businessmen, who overnight aspire to become the P.C.s’ new top gun, are asking delegates (and ultimately, in a general election, voters across the province) to vote for them, shouldn’t they at least know how to navigate the corridors of raw power on Confederation Hill?
After all, we’re supposed to be electing someone who is going to be thrown into a 24-7, highly partisan bullring, hardly the place for a newcomer groping in the dark.
Let’s face it, with Muskrat Falls on the agenda daily, offshore oil drilling interests growing at a phenomenal pace, Nalcor investments expanding, and with the many demands to improve our social security programs, education and health care, this is hardly the time for businessmen with naive tunnel-vision and extreme political ambitions, is it?
What is needed is someone with time-tested political experience and stability. This is not a game. It is our very survival as a respectable province.
Is Bill Barry just another business suit? Danny Williams thinks he is. But what about the PC delegates — what will they say? And what will Big Daddy Ottawa say?
Time will tell.