Lib­eral ex­ec­u­tive ac­cused of sup­port­ing one can­di­date

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

What has hap­pened to the Lib­eral As­so­ci­a­tion of Port de Grave district?

They are now led by a dic­ta­tor. Where were other mem­bers of the Lib­eral ex­ec­u­tive when the de­ci­sion was made where to lo­cate the polling sta­tions for the re­cent nom­i­na­tion vote? Is it demo­cratic when the pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion stated in the June 7 is­sue of The Com­pass: “ The only per­son who had any in­put in the process was I, the pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion?”

I also find it very dif­fi­cult to be­lieve there was no place in Bay Roberts avail­able to rent for a polling sta­tion. Does the Lib­eral Party dis­like Bay Roberts that much?

The pres­i­dent asked: “ What was the nor­mal prac­tice in the past?” I can tell you one thing, Mr. Pres­i­dent, it wasn’t try­ing to fix some­thing that wasn’t bro­ken. In the past, when polling was done in nom­i­na­tions, it was al­ways one com­mu­nity in the district. You, sir, de­cided to put bal­lot boxes where your friends are. It seems to me the Lib­eral ex­ec­u­tive sup­ported one of the two can­di­dates, and this had a lot to do with the lo­ca­tions of the polling sta­tions.

Why is there a Lib­eral ex­ec­u­tive in Port de Grave district if it is run like a dic­ta­tor­ship? This is what I read from the pres­i­dent’s letter in The Com- pass. By say­ing, “I made the de­ci­sions where to place the bal­lot boxes,” you are telling the pub­lic you don’t put much faith in your ex­ec­u­tive and, of course, it isn’t much of an ex­ec­u­tive to al­low you to do such a thing.

Now I un­der­stand why the ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion told me they had noth­ing to do with where the bal­lot boxes were lo­cated. The only an­swer I ever got was, “we had noth­ing to do with it.” It is a good rea­son why the ex­ec­u­tive didn’t have back­bone enough to stand up to their pres­i­dent. Is this what the pub­lic must look to as the Lib­eral ex­ec­u­tive of Port de Grave district?

I must apol­o­gize to the peo- ple of South River and Til­ton. I knew bet­ter. They were not a part of Port de Grave district. Only you know how lucky you are.

Now, Mr. Pres­i­dent, this is some­thing else for you to de­fend. It was you who dic­tated you were re­spon­si­ble for where the bal­lot boxes were placed.

Some­thing the young lady, who won the Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion, didn’t tell you was when she was talk­ing to me she said the next thing Makin­sons will want their own polling sta­tion. I won­der what she meant, and why shouldn’t Makin­sons have their own polling sta­tion? Moses S. Barrett

Spa­niard’s Bay

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