Veteran Liberal questions party leader’s ability
Jones calls comments a ‘nuisance’
John Efford isn’t saying Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones has to quit, but he’s coming pretty close. Speaking on CBC Radio Thursday morning, Efford said with an approval rating of 11 per cent, Jones is in trouble. Story page A4
John Efford isn’t saying that Liberal Leader Yvonne Jones has to quit, but he’s coming pretty close. Speaking on CBC Radio Thursday morning, Efford said that with an approval rating of 11 per cent, Jones is in trouble.
“People just don’t see her as the next premier of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Efford said. “If I were 11 per cent in the polls, I know what I would do.”
Efford was making reference to an NTV poll which shows the Liberal party far behind the Progressive Conservatives. Premier Kathy Dunderdale has an approval rating of 65 per cent, compared to Jones’s 11 per cent.
Reached for comment, Jones said she wasn’t spending much time worrying about the poll.
“ The polls are what they are and I make no apologies for that; I’ve had other things I’ve had to deal with in my life,” Jones said. “I’ve not been out there speaking on the issues, and I think the poll is an unfair gauge at this point.”
Jones took time off for surgery and chemotherapy after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is gradually returning to work, even though she still has to undergo radiation therapy.
Efford said that Jones may not be capable to campaign fully because of the disease.
“ The question has got to be asked to Yvonne Jones: Can you get around the province to every nook and cranny of Newfoundland and Labrador and convince the people to vote Liberal?” he said. “If you can’t, what then?”
Efford is a former provincial and federal cabinet minister. He ran for the leadership of the provincial Liberal party against Roger Grimes and lost.
Jones said he hasn’t been involved in the party for several years, and she doesn’t put much stock in his comments.
“John Efford aspired to be the leader of this party before and failed to do so; he’s certainly not contributed anything to this party since his loss in 2001,” she said. “I look at the source of the information and dismiss it very quickly.”