Does he feel like a winner?
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.