Writer has no love for Liberals
Election 2011 is now history and congratulations must go out to Glenn Littlejohn for such an overwhelming win. No waiting this time for the last ballots to come in to see who was going to win.
It goes to show that anyone running for any kind of office must be well- known in their community or district. Did this learn the Liberals and the NDP anything?
It just goes to show how popular Roland Butler was when he won the district for the Liberals by roughly 300 votes in the 2007 election.
This time, Glenn won it for the PCS by roughly 1,600 votes.
It doesn’t say much for the popularity of the Liberal executive. Can you imagine a change of 1,900 votes? Of course, the Liberal executive thought they controlled the district, but were they ever taught a lesson.
A couple of weeks before the election, there was a picture in The Compass showing the Liberal team. The majority of the team is long past their 60s and some long past their 70s. Isn’t it time to get young people involved instead of the same old 10 or 15 who have been there for the last 20 years?
They are afraid to get anyone else involved because one of them might lose a position.
Now do you realize what is happening to the Liberal party? You must realize you had your day. So give it up and get out of there. Yes, the older folk may vote for you, but let young people run your organization.
What a job the Liberal executive did on Leanne Hussey. Yes, they got the person whom they wanted elected in the nomination. Then they sent her to the wolves.
Yes, the young lady visited every home in the district, with her partner, but what for? No one knew them. Until you were passed the Liberal pamphlet, people didn’t know who they were talking to.
I don’t known who made the choice of not having a person from each community accompany the young lady when making her visits. Or was it her choice?
When Roland Butler was the member and campaigned in the district, he didn’t have to knock on doors because he was so wellknown. He could open the door and walk in. Hats of to you, Roland, because there will never be another like you. You were a good example for other people running for office.
I spoiled my ballot to show my discontent with the parties. The day of the district meetings and hearing the different people running for nomination speak are gone. Now it is a name on a ballot.
Both the Liberals and the PCS held their nominations by placing ballot boxes in four or five communities. Forget about the other six or seven communities.
I was never one to go around the community, hanging onto a position, and it’s hardly worth my while now.
There is a song that shares the words, “You just don’t put new patches on old garments,” and different political parties should be able to take a lesson from that.
The days are long past when you could put a person’s name on a ballot paper and have them elected. All one has to do is look at how well the NDP did in the Port de Grave district, even without any district organization.
I believe the Liberal party defeated itself. What a poor excuse for a political organization.
Yes, folks, half of our community was part of the government for the past four years, and guess what they accomplished? The road on the east side of the Anglican Church was upgraded. That was in the Carbonear district.
Now that the Port de Grave district has voted in a government member, we hope to see the west side upgraded over the next four years.
Now, Glenn, we will wait and watch if you can accomplish enough for Spaniard’s Bay to have the west end of the Church Hill upgraded. Moses Barrett writes from