An op­por­tu­nity squan­dered for pol­i­tics

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL -

On Aug. 8, the Leg­is­la­tion 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.

Although Par­sons did not win — I was not sur­prised, the pre­mier got his way — 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 the Gregg Agri­cul­ture from the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment.

Per­son­ally, I did not think Trimper was the right one for the job. When asked the ques­tion on CBC Crosstalk, “Does the coy­ote have any ef­fect on the de­cline of the rab­bit pop­u­la­tion?” His an­swer was “No.”

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 the politi­cians say­ing we have to en­cour­age women to get in­volved in im­por­tant po­si­tions. 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.

(Ret) Capt. Wil­fred Bartlett Green Bay South

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