Crowning a hollow leader

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There is something to be said about a tightly contested political fight.

A political convention where a leader is chosen following weeks of lofty rhetoric is interesting and the proper way to go.

The PC party has dealt itself its Achilles heel with resignations in its leadership campaign leading to a coronation of a man with no experience.

I don’t know Frank Coleman but I do know he is a very successful businessman with a lot of respect in the province. But, a successful businessman a premier does not necessarily make.

What happens after Coleman is crowned premier and he sits behind the most powerful desk in Confederation Building? He will quickly realize that government is not just cheque-writing.

One must wonder how a man who has no experience in running (a) a political party and (b) a government with staggering needs can survive (even if for a short period).

Coleman, right now, appears to be a hollow political leader and certainly not a premier. This latest move by the Tories as a whole will do little for the party or for a province in dire straits.

The Progressive Conservative party has shot itself in the foot — again.


Bill Westcott

Clarke’s Beach

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  • Scott
    April 23, 2014 - 10:12

    For Ivan, So your saying your a supporter of Muskrat Falls a long with the Liberal party. You also said your a small business owner. So really your saying if this project would be shut down, you will no longer receive any of the spin off from it. So really also don't care about the working poor, and the burden that going to be put on their backs. Sir you sounding more like Dwight and Cathy Bennett, Ivan I think its time for you to run as a candidates for you district. according to time of your posting, you should of been working. to grow your business. not trying to defend liberals.

  • ivan
    April 23, 2014 - 09:35

    For Scott, I think Mr ball was saying that under the pc's this would be the result. The red tide is surging and the writing is on the wall, hence the non existing race for the top job. As for muskrat falls, I think the 3,300 people who are\will be working there will disagree with you about that, as well as the spin-offs generated through the construction and operational phase. Sorry Scott, I have no affiliation with the government as I am a hard working small business owner.

  • Scott
    April 23, 2014 - 08:15

    @ Ivan/Morris, I'll answer Ivan question first. Mr Ball came to my community of Jacksons Arm, He told me and many more, All he could see was make work projects, follow by starvation, Ivan you call this leadership abilities? Morris has for the two byelection, Liberals didn't win anything, just more burden put on the back of the taxpayers. Sammy Claus is gone missing, Has for Cathy Bennett she long for a free ride. Now Morris for Muskrat Falls, its never to late. Just people like yourself , like to hear yourself talk. By any chance are you and Ivan on the government tit?

  • Bitter Bill
    April 23, 2014 - 08:10

    Seems like old Bill is still bitter with the PCs. But he's right, the premier should be a professional politician. Oh wait, we've tried that before and it didn't work.

  • ivan
    April 23, 2014 - 07:49

    Well Scott, at least ball has had some exposure in the political arena since 2003, what about Coleman?, zero experience, nada, nil. As you say ball will only win the next election by taking in floor crossers, well what does that say about the other two parties?. Has Coleman shown any leadership?, don't think so, he will become premier without a campaign sad state of affairs when pc's won't even run for the top job.

  • Morris
    April 23, 2014 - 07:31

    Sir what your saying isn't true either!! Liberals have won important by-elections EVEN IN SIN JOHNS. As for Muskrat falls ITS TOO LATE TO STOP!

  • Scott
    April 23, 2014 - 07:14

    Sir what your saying isn't true, All you got to do, look at the liberals party. Dwight feel the only way he could win the next election. is by taking in floor crosser. For almost three years Dwight was against the Muskrat Falls project, all of a sudden he saying he like Muskrat Falls project, Sir show me one thing, That Dwight shown has leadership abilities , beside Bill 29.