Crediting Crosbie

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I read with immense appreciation the letter in The Telegram’s Oct. 27 edition, “John Crosbie deserves our thanks,” by Gary LeRoux which applauded the parliamentary career of our current Lieutenant-Governor and pointed out the fundamental role Crosbie played in the current prosperity of our province.

No chance

It struck me as bizarre that Mr. Crosbie could not today have contributed to the well-being of Newfoundland and Labrador as he did years ago because he would not be elected.

Perhaps one of our readers, or the former premier (whom I otherwise greatly admire), could explain the current fixation of this province with not electing members to the governing party.

Edgar Goodaire

St. John’s

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • W McLean
    November 05, 2012 - 16:49

    Perhaps Edgar Goodaire could explain his fixation (and that of others) with the "vote for the government side" mentality.

  • saelcove
    November 05, 2012 - 10:12

    No one takes clowns seriously

  • David
    November 05, 2012 - 09:13

    Crosbie was never an effective Parliamentarian. He was a boorish comedian who created the 'Newfie template' of political career longevity for copy-cats George Baker and Brian Tobin. They made millions for themselves, coined a few notable quips on the news, but nothing of any substance. Real heroes.

    • Lane
      November 05, 2012 - 10:13

      @David: Among other notable contributions, John Crosbie was Minister of International Trade when the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement was implemented, he was a leading proponent of the creation of the World Trade Organization, and an advocate of redress for Japanese-Canadians who were interned during WW2 (leading to the Mulroney government's apology and compensation package). If that's your idea of "nothing of any substance", I'd sure like to see your c.v.

    • david
      November 05, 2012 - 11:51

      ..."when they were implemented.... excellent wrod choices. For all that stuff, Crosbie was simply sitting in the chair reserved for the guy from the Canadian government who sat in the chair. As far as "....was a proponent of...": well, who wasn't? So what? Crosbie was the quick-witted scrapyard dog who the PM kept close by to sarcastically and humorously deflect and redirtect vany xcriticisms agianst the government. What a service to Canadians: protecting Brian Mulroney from having to answer questions and accusations, while the media scribbled down Crosbie's latest joke. Crosbie's most memorable moment of political "achievement"? Crucifying the french language as a Newfie incompetent in his fool's sideshow run for PC leadership.