Does he feel like a win­ner?

The Compass - - OPINION -

The hon­ey­moon isn’t over for Premier Paul Davis — he never got one to be­gin with. Usu­ally, politi­cians who take over the po­si­tion as party leader and premier get a grace pe­riod so they can set­tle into their new job — to kind of get the lay of the land.

Not so this time with Davis. The crit­i­cism started when he de­cided to take two weeks after be­ing cho­sen PC leader to take the oath of of­fice. Many in this prov­ince thought Davis should have quickly let in­terim premier Tom Mar­shall move into pri­vate life and re­tire­ment, and get on with the job him­self.

Next came the up­roar over the re­lease of the re­port into the way the can­cel­la­tion of the Hum­ber Val­ley Paving con­tract was han­dled.

Davis had to han­dle the po­lit­i­cal fall­out as sit­ting min­is­ter Nick McGrath re­signed from the cab­i­net un­der fire.

Even the ap­point­ment of his cab­i­net hasn’t gone with­out con­tro­versy. Davis is this week un­der fire for nam­ing an un­elected lawyer to his cab­i­net to run what is now be­ing called the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety and be­come the at­tor­ney gen­eral.

The min­is­ter, Judy Man­ning, added to the up­roar by say­ing she has no in­ten­tion of run­ning in a by­elec­tion and will wait to seek a seat in the House of Assem­bly in the gen­eral elec­tion in the dis­trict of Placen- tia-St. Mary’s, an area close to her heart ap­par­ently, not to men­tion some chance of win­ning.

The seat is now held by out­go­ing PC MHA and for­mer min­is­ter Felix Collins. Nam­ing an un­elected per­son to the cab­i­net is not un­heard of but the min­is­ter usu­ally grabs the first op­por­tu­nity to run in a by­elec­tion to se­cure a seat.

All this adds up to a rough start for Davis as premier, and he is still fac­ing an elec­torate who have shown they have had their fill of the PCs after more than a decade in power.

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