The Need for a Fresh Face

Steve Kent recently accepted the job of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Mount Pearl.   He will assume the senior bureaucratic position on October 10th, leaving behind his role in provincial politics.    Steve has been involved in elected politics for half his life, spent countless hours...

Failing To Govern

Premier Dwight Ball recently spoke to reporters in St. John’s about the offshore oil industry.   He said the industry is at a critical point and that we need more exploration and investment.   He proposes… nothing. Big surprise there.   There is no well-thought out plan for the industry....

Wanted: Drivers, Guides, And Couches

There is almost always an established method, practice or program for being successful at anything--sports, public speaking, acting, you name it.   There is an established method for seeking the leadership of a political party also.   It involves the "tour". That means getting out around the province and meeting...

If I Could Play Any Character In A Movie

In a previous blog post, I mentioned that if I decide to run for Leader of the PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, one of my greatest challenges will be for people to get to know me.   You see, I need voters to get to know the real me...

We Must Attract Young People, Not Scare Them Away

Memorial’s Harris Centre recently conducted a study on the population of Newfoundland and Labrador.   It says that Newfoundland’s island population will experience “notable aging” in the next 20 years, and in most areas, the number of residents will decline.   I can’t say I’m surprised.   The whole country...

On The Fence With No-BS Politics? To You I Say This...

Many of you know that the theme of my “Connect with Crosbie” tour is No-BS Politics. I’ve had a lot of positive responses to this concept while visiting districts around Newfoundland and Labrador, but not everyone reacts positively to “No-BS Politics”… The truth is, a lot of people are so...

"What's Your Greatest Strength?"

“What’s your greatest strength?” is a typical question asked during job interviews. Since I’m seriously thinking about applying for the job of Leader of the PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, I thought it would be a good idea to contemplate my answer. If I had to pick one, I...

The Proudest Moments Of My Life

In a recent blog post, I disclosed what I think to be one of my greatest challenges in becoming the Leader of the PC Party, should I decide to run. That challenge is for people to get to know me. In effort to reveal more of my personality and values...

My Biggest Challenge In Becoming Leader

My parents always say that if there’s a difficult path to take, I’ll take it. What can I say… I’m attracted to challenge! If I decide to run for Leader of the PC Party, there’s no question that it will be challenging. Politics is a game with its own set...

Why The Public Is So Skeptical Of Politicians

I don’t have to tell you that people are skeptical of politicians. Newspaper headlines feature assertions of distrust, lying, and deceit during any given week. Why is the public so skeptical of politicians?  In my opinion, it’s because all too often the public feels like it has been hoodwinked. A...