Ed Hollett has offered his no-holds barred take on Dean MacDonald's speech to the Port Da Grave District Liberal Association last Saturday night.
It would appear there is not unanimity amongst Liberals on MacDonald's vision, or his ability. That comes as good news because the Liberal Party needs a contest, a revival, an airing of policy. It needs exorcise the demons of the past and move forward united in purpose, with a vision for the future of the province.
A dynamic leadership might offer that, if the insiders in the tax payer funded roles at the Confederation Building do not blow-it, once again.
So as Ed says, lets cut through the bullshit!
Some staffers and members of the caucus may prefer the status quo. They are comfy with their paychecks, the routine and hope to milk it for another three years. The goal is survival, not renewal. They are the benefactors of government funds which pay the bills. Often they forget that these benefits are the result of the success, or failure, of the entity known as the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.
I don't want to rain on anyone's parade but the class of pre-2011, that still controls the agenda, have failed miserably to organize. Consumed with a singular hatred for Danny Williams, they have not been able to see the forest for the trees. They have fought the party, refused to plan, organize and pay the bills. The debt has been frozen at over $600,000 for nearly a decade. The caucus has never felt that it was their issue, yet is the most significant albatross around the neck of the party.
There are dozens of former MHA's that are receiving lucrative pensions that could assist in wiping the slate clean in jig time? Where are they? They certainly benefited, and continue to benefit, from the Liberal brand. What about the hundreds of people that served on boards and received other appointments? Certainly they can contribute. Why are they staying away? Why are they not opening their collective wallets and purses. Could it have something to do with confidence?
The fact is that they and business will start donating when they feel there is a competent team with a competent leader at the helm.
The staus quo is not acceptable. This hang-alongs need to move on, willingly or unwillingly. They have failed time and time again. What the party has today is the result of a last ditch effort by a pinch-hitter who raised the money to run a campaign, put a last minute platform together and put together a last minute team.His thanks, the door!
Liberals can not ask the people of this province to have confidence in
them when they can not pay off a $600,000 debt, let a lone run a complicated $ 8
The days of government's defeating themselves and handing the official opposition the keys to power are over. The NDP are more hungry, more organized and poised to make even larger in-roads.
If the Liberal Party of Newfoundland has a hope in hell of getting out
of this rut, of holding onto the role of official opposition, or forming a government, it will not
come by chance... It will come from making the right choices.