Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace vot­ers praised for their gump­tion

The Compass - - OPINION -

Vot­ers in Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace showed real gump­tion and guts in elect­ing Lib­eral Sam Slade as their rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the House of As­sem­bly.

For­mer MHA Jerome Kennedy, who was known to be rest­less and im­pa­tient, made an im­pul­sive de­ci­sion to walk away be­fore his term was up, leav­ing his loyal con­stituents high and dry. His im­pul­sive­ness with­out due re­gard for his dis­trict is in­tol­er­ant and a fail­ing in any mod­ern democ­racy.

There should be a law that says, un­less a life or death sit­u­a­tion arises, MHAs are legally bound to com­plete their term as an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive to any dis­trict. Com­pla­cency such as that shown by Jerome Kennedy should be ad­dressed.

Dur­ing the cam­paign PC mem­bers of the House were telling vot­ers of the dis­trict to send in a man who will be­come a mem­ber on the gov­ern­ment side of the house.

I think any­one with a grain of salt saw through that non­sense. Sam Slade is now the peo­ples’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive, a Lib­eral mem­ber who gave the sit­ting gov­ern­ment its come­up­pance. For that I say con­grat­u­la­tions. Your courageous de­ci­sion is a les­son for the en­tire elec­toral sys­tem of our prov­ince.

Car­bon­ear- Har­bour Grace-will be well ser­viced by a very well re­spected cit­i­zen from the dis­trict, a man with an im­pec­ca­ble record of ser­vice.

— Bill West­cott is a res­i­dent of Clarke’s Beach, in the neigh­bour­ing dis­trict of Port de Grave.

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