I can only assume that the provincial opposition parties must feel that their best chance for winning the next election is to constantly resurrect the ghost of Kathy Dunderdale, and The Telegram is only too happy to aid and abet them in that effort.
Wednesday‚Äôs edition of the paper is a perfect example. Peter Jackson‚Äôs column, ‚ÄúIf the NL government ruled the world,‚ÄĚ is a belaboured attempt at humour and an insult to the intelligence of any thinking person. A front page story about whether or not Kathy Dunderdale‚Äôs office received 46 emails about the power outages is a desperate grasp at straws because, to borrow a quote from Richard Nixon, ‚Äúyou don‚Äôt have Dunderdale to kick around anymore.‚ÄĚ
Yes, Kathy Dunderdale made an unfortunate public relations gaffe in saying that the power outages were not a ‚Äúcrisis,‚ÄĚ but she has paid the price for it. The Telegram has amply covered that story and trying to prolong its impact is becoming boring to readers who are not dyed-in-the-wool partisans of any political party.
As an undecided voter in the next provincial election, I offer a word of advice to the parties currently in opposition. On the next election day, I will not be thinking about what the long-gone former premier said or didn‚Äôt say about the power outages or how many emails her office may have received.
I will be voting on which party has demonstrated that they have the best understanding of the complex challenges facing our province and realistic plans for dealing with those challenges ‚ÄĒ whether it be economic development, health care or our aging population. So far, I haven‚Äôt heard much from the opposition parties about anything of real importance or what they would do better than the government in power. Frankly, ‚Äúit‚Äôs time for a change‚ÄĚ is not a convincing campaign slogan for me if I don‚Äôt know what that change might actually involve.
I hope you‚Äôll also permit me a word of advice to The Telegram. For several years you have claimed the right to serve as an ‚Äúunofficial opposition‚ÄĚ because the government majority in the House of Assembly has been so huge.
I can buy that, up to a point. But you have more than done your job. The current governing party is behind in the polls and the premier has stepped down. It‚Äôs time for The Telegram to move on and to resume its role of responsible, non-partisan journalism. Part of that role is to hold the feet of all political parties to the fire so that your readers are in a better position to make informed choices on election day.
Riverhead, Harbour Grace