Tuesday, May 1, 2012

BOND ON MACDONALD: THE BULLSHIT THING

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 billion enterprise!

 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.




7 comments:

Wm. Murphy said...

Not quite sure why you would wonder about Mr. Ed's latest take on Dean. He has been very vocal in the past about how MacDonald is a joke. This from a man who all of a sudden became enamoured with Bern Coffey as the man that should lead the province. Maybe it was because Bern paid him generously for his advise and grooming, or maybe he actually thought that his vision and ability to lead a Party was the next best thing since Clyde.

MacDonald WILL be the next Leader and I can't wait to hear the on going commentary from Mr. Ed. I find it great entertainment to read the ratcheted up Posts from Sue and Ed when Dean gets a bit of Press. This torque and tightening of ones asshole can only mean that Dean is saying all the right things about the bullshit that Ed finds troubling. Afterall....Ed has the patent on determining what is bullshit and what is Vision.

Peter L. Whittle said...

I am not wondering about Ed. He has been consistent on his take.

He offers a point of view that is shared by some.

Perhaps he will join Brad Cabanna and run for the job of leader.

Anonymous said...

Dean MacDonald is certainly not the man for Leader of the party and the same could be said for Ball. Look at question period that speaks volumes. Why these people hang around is the problem they are certainly not doing the party any good.

Brad Cabana said...

Some of what you say has a ring of truth to it. Alot of what you say hear has the ring of spin to it. For starters, if you are going to use my name then spell it properly. To the point, Kevin didn't raise the money to run the election - Brian Tobin did in 2 fundraisers - Toronto and Calgary.Speaking of protegees paying mentors: Dean MacDonald's mentor, Danny Williams,and to some extent Brian Tobin have not "mentored" well in the words of the single largest shareholder of SNC Lavalin yesterday.It also strikes me strange that you place the responsibility for the Party's failures on paid office staff. The obvious reality is Danny and Brian have a coalition.Danny's team is getting ready to vacate the field, and all those Party people currently getting greased will either leap ship to the Liberals, if MacDonald makes it, or back Kennedy if MacDonald doesn't make it. All those appointees, businesses, retired MHAs you referred to have either gone into neutrally agreed to retirment or are assisting the PCs.Why take such an obviously wrong and simplistic tact to evaluating the Liberals problems? You know better than that surely.Or are you singing from Dean's sheet?

Peter L. Whittle said...

Brad: that last comment did not post. You want to repost, so I can respond to with it.

Peter L. Whittle said...

Brad Cabana has left a new comment on your post "BOND ON MACDONALD: THE BULLSHIT THING":

Some of what you say has a ring of truth to it. Alot of what you say hear has the ring of spin to it. For starters, if you are going to use my name then spell it properly. To the point, Kevin didn't raise the money to run the election - Brian Tobin did in 2 fundraisers - Toronto and Calgary.Speaking of protegees paying mentors: Dean MacDonald's mentor, Danny Williams,and to some extent Brian Tobin have not "mentored" well in the words of the single largest shareholder of SNC Lavalin yesterday.It also strikes me strange that you place the responsibility for the Party's failures on paid office staff. The obvious reality is Danny and Brian have a coalition.Danny's team is getting ready to vacate the field, and all those Party people currently getting greased will either leap ship to the Liberals, if MacDonald makes it, or back Kennedy if MacDonald doesn't make it. All those appointees, businesses, retired MHAs you referred to have either gone into neutrally agreed to retirment or are assisting the PCs.Why take such an obviously wrong and simplistic tact to evaluating the Liberals problems? You know better than that surely.Or are you singing from Dean's sheet?

Peter L. Whittle said...

Brad,

Let me just say this, with the caveat that my arrogance is about to spew forth.

I have forgotten more about Newfoundland politics, in particular the Liberal Party than you will ever know, let alone understand.

I want to correct a couple of your assumptions. One...If I were to support anyone amongst those currently being batted it about it would be Jim Bennett.

Secondly, I did not blame the liberal woes on the staff, I pointed towards the problem -the crew who have been calling the shots elected/unelected for the past while. An entropy had set in up there that new faces seem to have shaken up. That said the same three or four people are calling the shots and that has to change.

If your recollection on the non-impact of Meech and Charlottetown on the death of the Progressive Conservatives on Backtalk is any indication, your understanding of Canadian politcs is as poor as your knowledge of NL politics.

You make a lot of grand statements about MacDonald that you should start backing-up.