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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.


Bill Westcott

Clarke’s Beach

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Ottawa

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  • bill
    February 22, 2014 - 20:32

    Williams do not like barry because he made him look stupid with the fish plant deal

  • political watcher
    February 22, 2014 - 20:24

    There is one reason and one reason only as to why Williamsdont want Barry there. As an independantly wealthy business person who owes nobody nothing, he will not be pressured into anything. Williams needs a puppet in office Just look at deals made for Cable Atlantic when Tobin was in office. Go for it Bill and send the other clowns packing beginning with the self serving publicity hound Kent.

  • Crazy
    February 22, 2014 - 08:56

    Sir, Bill Barry in its for the same reason Danny William was, Just for their own gain...Long and short of it, We need someone with common since. So far those suits that coming forwards haven got it. Any time you ask a question of them, and they give you double talk. then all alarm should go off. But it don't, were busy looking at their cloth - hair cut - smile, That how we elects a politician is on look. We get the head, But empty, then they dig a big hole for us, and walk away.

  • Dolf
    February 22, 2014 - 08:00

    Can't figure why the TV stations keep telling us this one or that one has dropped from the race when there's never been any indication they were even interested in the job.

  • House cleaner required
    February 22, 2014 - 07:22

    Mr. Westcott's logic is flawed. It might well be that Bill Barry is not the right person for the job. If so, it would have nothing to do with the fact that he is an 'outsider' - that is, someone other than a member of the sitting government. There had been an overwhelming loss of public confidence in the administration of Kathy Dunderdale. Her resignation, while broadly welcomed, did not absolve the remaining members of her cabinet from responsibility for their failed policies and poor judgement. Clearly most members of cabinet and even caucus understand that their candidacy for leader of the party - and hence for the job as premier - is unlikely to restore public confidence. If there is any chance of rejuvenating this government's political appeal, it will have to be with new blood - new leadership from outside government. Williams himself was essentially an outsider; nor is his opposition to Barry ostensibly based on the fact that he is from outside cabinet. As someone who has voted PC in the past and who expects to vote Liberal in the next election, I am precisely the kind of voter the PC party must worry about. There is no chance it could change my mind by choosing a leader from inside cabinet. Can anyone image, for example, a Premier Steve Kent. The thought makes me shudder.

    • Frank M
      February 28, 2014 - 18:17

      But you are ready to vote Dwight Ball in as premier? That makes me shudder..