Wednesday, November 26, 2014


The newly “anointed” leader of the remnants of the party Danny Williams co-opted to be his political vehicle has been handed his third significant by-election loss in as many months.

Last nights double-header losses show how far out in left field Premier Davis is.  Hurricane Dunderdale’s wide swath of destruction left a legacy of incompetence. The perceived arrogance of our own Marie Antoinette exhausted what little remaining confidence the public had in the party. 

The botched leaderships of 2014 coupled by the Humber Valley Paving Scandal and the refusal of Judy Manning to seek election to the House of Assembly smothered any smoldering sparks of re-ignition.  The tank is empty, there are not even any fumes to coast on.

Three by-election losses in a row would test the mettle of any party. The PCs are stuck with a dud, or perhaps to be fair the dud is the PC party he inherited.  It may even be a cause of a dud leading a dud party. The bottom line is this is a case of dead man walking.

The newly minted Premier’s decision to burn-up any bump he might have gotten after winning the poison chalice on appointing an inexperienced, en-elected, unproven lawyer to the Justice Portfolio showed how ill-equipped he was to govern.  If he could not see the political fall-out from that decision than he did not deserve the honor of leading his party, let-a-lone the province. 

In the short span of a year the Liberals have gone from being the party of bankrupt ideas and finances to the bell of the Ball.  They have grown exponentially from six members to sixteen fueled by scandals and a lack of confidence and now a deep mistrust in the government

The Liberal Party has always been a middle of the road party, but this Heinz 57 confabulation of Tories, Liberals and Dippers is unprecedented. It is an alliance of right-wingers, centrists and lefties. Gaining power is the prime objective. It is up to us to shape how this new government will govern. It will not be as easy to reign them in once they are our governors.

As of now there is no expectation of a PC comeback. The PC’s have blown it. They have the resources of the government and the support of the hanger-oners. They are governing on borrowed time. In reality, the seven straight by-election loses show they have lost the confidence of the people to govern even if they still have the numbers to hold onto the confidence of the house.

It is the perfect time for the re-birth of the Provincial New Democratic Party, but they are not even playing the role of bridesmaid these days.

The spotlight will shine brightly on ever word, policy and pronouncement the Liberals make.  It remains to be seen if they are up to the delicate and diplomatic job of being a government in waiting.

No comments: