I always thought that the Leader of the Official Opposition's job was to be the leader of the opposition. To challenge the Premier. The party leaders square off against each other.
The leader faces off against the Premier, asking tough questions in the daily parliamentary showdown. Bill Rowe, Clyde Wells & Len Stirling took on Premier Peckford. Len Simms, Loyola Sullivan and Lyn Verge took on Premier Wells, Ed Byrne took on Brian Tobin, Danny Williams took on Premier Grimes and Roger Grimes took on Premier Williams. The Official Opposition leader takes on an adversarial role vis-à-vis the Premier
The Official Opposition Leader enjoys privileges such as a large staff, extra salary, an expense allowance, a car
allowance and in Question Period the leader is
permitted to ask more questions of the government.
The Opposition Leader usually enjoys a high pubic profile for the party by challenging the Premier, effectively
communicating to the public his parties alternative policies and criticisms of the government.
Tonight, I realized that has changed in the House of Assembly. The Leader of the Official Opposition has given that job of critic for the Premier away!.Yvonne Jones, who packed it in just a few months last fall's election, is the critic for the Premier, not the latest appointed fill-in, Dwight Ball.
I guess some one figures she gets under the Premier's skin and that makes for better dynamics in the House of Assembly which justifies giving the former leader so much of Question Period and time in the House of Assembly. I wonder if Ball and Jones are splitting the salary and the perks of being leader, like they are sharing the leaders job?
Perhaps the fact that Jones has not adjusted her Facebook from "Leader Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador" to MHA for Cartwright-L'Anse au Clair, might be a signal of a political comeback.
Color me confused., I thought she was shooting for Peter Penashue's job!