Party sup­porter ques­tions Ca­bana rul­ing


Dear edi­tor,

I be­came a sup­porter of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive party about 14 years ago. The main rea­son was that I was not happy with the Lib­eral govern­ment and their poli­cies at that time.

When I joined the PC party they were down to 10 seats. I served three years as a re­gional vice-pres­i­dent and was in­volved in elec­tions in my district, also the dis­tricts of St. Barbe and White Bay North. I also worked with Roger Pike and Rex Barnes when they ran in the fed­eral district of Grand Falls-Gan­der. I did this be­cause I be­lieved in the party.

The re­cent sit­u­a­tion that is oc­cur­ring now is very em­bar­rass­ing to the PC party and to the vot­ers that gave them their huge ma­jor­ity.

When Premier Danny Wil­liams stepped down as leader of the party, it was ob­li­gated to elect a new leader, there was all kinds of names be­ing bandied about, and ev­ery­one had their favourite per­son picked out. But what sur­prised me and the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in this prov­ince is that no one wanted the job, so poor Kathy Dun­derdale was left to carry on the job. The party was elated there would be no ex­pen­sive lead­er­ship con­ven­tion; more time cam­paign­ing for the elec­tion next fall.

Then at the 11th hour Brad Ca­bana de­cides he would chal­lenge Dun­derdale for the lead­er­ship … whoops, what are we go­ing to do now? We can’t al­low this to hap­pen. We had ev­ery­thing planned.

Al­though Mr. Ca­bana had 20 more sig­na­tures then was re­quired, the pow­ers that be de­cided they were go­ing to deny his ap­pli­ca­tion on the grounds that these sig­na­tures were not PC sup­port­ers.

When I be­came a mem­ber of the PC party, any per­son could be­came a mem­ber as long as they are res­i­dent or domi­ciled in this prov­ince and sup­ported the prin­ci­ples and aims of the party.

Ac­cord­ing to Shawn Skin­ner, the only peo­ple that can nom­i­nate a lead­er­ship can­di­date are peo­ple who would have their names on file at the PC of­fice in St. John’s; peo­ple that have at­tended a con­ven­tion or are mem­bers of a district as­so­ci­a­tion. If that is the case there is not enough PC sup­port­ers in this prov­ince to elect one MHA.

In Ross Wise­man’s district of Trin­ity North there were 3,939 peo­ple that sup­ported the PC party in the last elec­tion, so there­fore they would all be mem­bers of the PC party, ac­cord­ing to their con­sti­tu­tion.

This is not the party that I joined when they were down to 10 seats, which was an open party. I guess when you get too much power you for­get where you came from, as we in ru­ral ar­eas have found out the last few years.

In my opin­ion, the party has no other op­tion only let Mr. Ca­bana run for the lead­er­ship be­cause with no signed-up party mem­bers you have no way of know­ing who is a party mem­ber; if they do not, then they are go­ing against their own con­sti­tu­tion and telling the peo­ple who voted for them the last elec­tion that they are not a part of this party.

To the PC party, right this wrong; go back to the party I joined 14 years ago as an open and trans­par­ent party, a party the peo­ple can be proud off. Capt. Wil­fred Bartlett


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