Speaker selection was all politics
On Aug. 8, the legislature of Newfoundland and Labrador elected a new Speaker.
There were two names put forward: Perry Trimper, who was favoured by the premier, and Pam Parsons, who decided to try for the job.
I favoured Parsons because I thought she was qualified and it was an opportunity for this province to elect the first woman to the Speaker’s chair - what a milestone. Parsons did not win; I was not surprised. The premier got his way, and the Liberals did what they were told to do.
Trimper lost his cabinet post, in my opinion, because he, as a cabinet minister, broke the law when he exempted aquaculture company Grieg NL from an environmental assessment.
Personally, I did not think Trimper was the right one for the job. When he was asked the question on CBC’s “Crosstalk,” does the coyote have any effect on the decline of the rabbit population, his answer was “no.” Well, the coyote was introduced to this province some years ago and they do not eat turnips.
Trimper saved face and his salary did not change.
For many years I have heard politicians saying we have to encourage women to get involved in important positions. Well, you had your chance on Aug. 8, but as usual you don’t mean what you say. This decision was not about qualifications, it was all about politics.
Capt. Wilfred Bartlett (retired) Green Bay South firstname.lastname@example.org
This decision was not about qualifications, it was all about politics.