"It is a mark of wisdom not to kick away the
very step from which we have risen higher.
The removal of one step from a staircase
brings down the whole of it."
$850,00 in the hole with no leader apparent!
It must be a tough day for provincial Liberals who were looking forward to the potential of Dean MacDonald as a leader of the once competitive party.
MacDonald has always played a backroom role in the party. In the 90's he was one of the parties biggest fundraisers. Obviously, there was a period when he was pretty much excommunicated by the mandarins in the party for his stance on a flawed hydro project that the Grimes' government was forced to abandon.
The gang on the 10th went to great lengths choosing to discredit their former rainmaker, instead of accepting his advice as chair of Newfoundland Power to negotiate further with Hydro Quebec. Further negotiations did not fit the political time-frame for an administration that needed some oomph and legitimacy for the campaign ahead.
Despite the revisionist history, he made the right call.
Despite the character assassinations, he stayed the course.
Over the past couple of years MacDonald has contributed greatly in terms of fundraising, organization and party renewal. He spent hours on the road attending meetings, hearing liberals concerns and making recommendations to a party that has lost its way & perhaps its relevance.
Dean's presence offered the possibility that the party might not just bounce back in 2015, but offer an attractive policy agenda. That momentum came to a screeching halt yesterday. Liberals and the public are now in a daze, now what?
Can the Liberals mount an alternative to the Progressive Conservatives or the New Democrats? Will anyone contest interim leader Dwight Ball for the poison chalice? Will the Liberals be able to tackle their internal financial and organizational issues?
The Liberals have struggled to prove their relevance. They have acquired some good staff. Carla Foote has been a tremendous asset as Communications Director, replacing Peter Miles who was in the wrong seat on the bus. He is shining in the role of Senior Policy Adviser where is experience is shining through. There are a few other top notch researchers, but the pickings are slim. The latest return to the opposition office has tongues waggling, and I can see why!
The Official Opposition office and the party need to be in sinq. Playing both sides against the middle has created chaos, confusion and planted the seeds of frustration. Instead they have tarnished nearly every positive effort. They remain engulfed in a decade long zero sum game that has seen leaders come and go. The result, a self-serving approach has led to very little advancement by the parliamentary wing or the extra-parliamentary wing.
Those reading this on the fifth floor will continue the refrain that I am bitter. A former staffer with an axe to grind!
What I am is angry because the Official Opposition has not performed to a satisfactory level to attract winning candidates or financial contributors. All I have seen is a desire by a small group of people to hold on to a little bit of power – and access to funds. This small group does not care about the party or the public’s well being and the democratic consequences of their actions.
A news alert gang: The Liberals received 19.1% of the popular vote in the last election. The distribution of seats provided the party with one last chance to get it right. You are blowing it!
The staus quo reigns supreme, garbage-in garbage-out.