Speaker se­lec­tion was all pol­i­tics

The Compass - - Editorial -

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 wil­f­bartlett@hot­mail.com

This de­ci­sion was not about qual­i­fi­ca­tions, it was all about pol­i­tics.

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