I was prompted to write this after reading a letter in The Telegram on April 24 by Laurie Blackwood-Pike, titled “Blundering, blustering Bill Barry,” which contended that Bill Barry was a sham because he quit the Progressive Conservative leadership race; that he should have stayed in to give the illusion of a contest and then throw his support behind the eventual leader.
Barry is the head of the Barry Group of fish processors that has provided employment in rural Newfoundland and Labrador for a long time.
Barry is a leader and go-getter and didn’t get where he is today by investing in lost causes.
Danny Williams was the spoiler in all this when he came out against Bill Barry from Day 1, and for some unknown reason he is still tweaking noses inside the PC party. Even Danny Breen, before he got the PC nomination, came out and supported Frank Coleman.
Barry, in my opinion, entered the race because of his love for this province and was worried, the same as I am, about the direction this province is heading. Barry is a leader, as his record shows. He saw the deck was stacked and had no chance of winning, so why would he stay in the race and spend a large amount of money just to make the party feel good, a party that rejected him?
Barry is a leader, not a follower, and only leaders can get things done.
Bill Barry, you are a smart man and you have my utmost respect.
Capt. Wilfred Bartlett