Thank you, Kathy Dun­derdale

The Compass - - OPINION -

I’ve been a PC for the vast ma­jor­ity of the 36 years of my life since I reached vot­ing age. I’ve never met Kathy Dun­derdale. I’ll make those two facts clear up front.

Do I think Kathy did a per­fect job? No. Do I think she was right choice for the job as pre­mier? No. But let us not for­get, she was cho­sen by ac­cla­ma­tion. How­ever, I do be­lieve we owe her thanks.

I re­mem­ber where I was that windy Novem­ber day when I lis­tened to Danny’s news con­fer­ence on the ra­dio, nam­ing Kathy Dun­derdale as in­terim pre­mier. That’s an im­por­tant word — in­terim. In my opin­ion, it was never in­tended she was to “fill Danny’s boots” on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

We all fig­ured there would be a lead­er­ship con­ven­tion up­com­ing, with the ra­dio and tele­vi­sion alight with dis­cus­sions on who would run. Those with a clear way of think­ing be­lieved Danny anointed Kathy for the in­terim so other party lead­er­ship prospects, the Mar­shalls and Kennedys of the party, could run in the lead­er­ship race.

Well, we all know now that no­body wanted to im­me­di­ately fol­low in Danny’s foot­steps, for what­ever rea­son.

Let’s face it, when Danny re­signed, the rat­ings (both his own and the PC party) were through the roof, and there was only one di­rec­tion to go, and not, un­for­tu­nately, the di­rec­tion any­one wanted to.

So Kathy stepped up to the plate. Was she the right per­son for the job? Hind­sight pos­si­bly tells us no, but she tried, and she did her best.

The past few years in pro­vin­cial pol­i­tics have been in­ter­est­ing, to say the least. There have been mis­takes to re­work, and there have been ac­com­plish­ments to cel­e­brate.

Could any­one have done any bet­ter? Who knows, but un­der the cir­cum- stances, prob­a­bly not.

Since Kathy Dun­derdale has re­signed, the way she has been ripped by the peo­ple of New­found­land, re­gard­less of what “colour” they vote, and the way she was slammed by some in the me­dia, was cer­tainly un­fair, and to me, sick­en­ing.

To bring com­ments about her looks, her size, the way she dresses and more into the fray was un­called for, in ex­tremely bad taste, and in my opin­ion, cer­tainly not the way New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans are known for, or at least, have the rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing.

If you want to say she didn’t have the lead­er­ship qual­i­ties or speak­ing abil­i­ties of a Danny, or a Peck­ford, etc, then fine. But the per­sonal at­tacks are atro­cious.

Kathy, I wish you all the best in life.

— Jamie O’Fla­herty writes from Bay Roberts

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