July 31, 2017

Tour Update: For The Privilege Of This Leadership

Don't let it be said, whatever the future brings, that I didn't work for the Leadership of the PC party of Newfoundland and Labrador.

I have been travelling the province, actively assessing my prospects for the privilege of this leadership position, since November 2016. In February 2017, I announced my Connect with Crosbie tour. Many more visits to many more of the 40 provincial electoral districts have ensued.

Like everyone else, I like to slow down and enjoy the company of family and friends during the summer months. But I want to share with you some conclusions and impressions of my tour through three electoral districts on the West Coast of the island in July.

Political tours have plenty of moving parts. Thanks to Brad Russell, who hails from the Port aux Port Peninsula, for accompanying me, and to Tony Oliver for doing the planning. And thanks to Rachel Crosbie, my youngest daughter, for her company and astute observations along the way.

My previous acquaintance with the coastal area south of Corner Brook, was while in transit either to or from the Port aux Basques ferry. I cheated myself of acquaintance with a beautiful area of Newfoundland and Labrador, an area I will return to again and again.

I have space to relate only some highlights of the opinions expressed by the people I met. One opinion that stands out from a Pasadena town Council member reflects the general disillusionment with the Muskrat Falls power project.

This council member said that he had been bullish on the power project, but now is ashamed of the province. He wants a forensic audit, to find out how we got to the embarrassing place we are in right now. None of the other council members present at the meeting appeared to disagree.

I had breakfast with a group of PC Party supporters in Port aux Basque. This was a fun loving and upbeat group. These freedom-loving PC loyalists gave me many policy issues to ponder, perhaps the main one being that Liberal taxes and fee increases have driven the cost-of-living too high. The condition of the roads was a close second.

I will be touring through the fall and look forward to giving you a synopsis of the themes from my meetings as I talk with people like you. If you have an opinion on the state of the province you want to express to me, I would love to hear from you through my website or in person while on tour.