Former P.C. Premier, Brian Peckford's re-emergence into the bloodsport of Newfoundland and Labrador politics has been met with near disdain by current P.C. Premier Kathy Dunderdle.
Not since Maureen McTeer ordered Doug Bassett to..."Get this stupid bastard out of here!" during her husbands unsuccessful bid to hold onto the PC Leadership in 1984, has Peckford been so chastised.
The current Premier was less than impressed with Peckford. She said, “ a message from afar, about a debate that you haven’t been engaged
in, or public information sessions that you haven’t participated in,
then you know it’s difficult for me to deal with.”
Peckford, a former minister of energy and Premier, expressed concerns about the proposed Muskrat Fall's Hydro Development in a public letter to the premier which was released on the same day that his former top energy policy adviser, Cabot Martin pleaded with the PUB to stop the project.
What has been interesting to this observer of Newfoundland and Labrador politics is not only the apparent dissension in some parts of the old provincial P.C. party with the project ,but the opportunistic embrace by the current Liberals of the team that they booted out in 1989.
I never would have imagined a day when A P.C. Premier would be dismissing a former P.C. Premier, while former Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones heaped praise on him. The Liberal opposition office staff have become chief pom-pom wavers and cheerleaders for Cabot Martin and company. I wonder how many tickets the grits newfound friends will be purchasing for Friday's leadership dinner?
Yes, this is the sad, and baffling state of political affairs here on the rock.