In the past month, Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady, Premier Dwight Ball and Finance Minister Cathy Bennett appear to be setting their political careers ablaze, with continued accusations from the province’s citizens that they have been deceitful.
All three have been at the helm of the Muskrat Falls controversy, but that is not all they have gotten their heels dug into.
Just last week, it was revealed that Coady has been using her personal email address for work-related correspondence, after previously saying she rarely uses the email and not typically for work-related purposes. The Telegram received 70 pages of correspondence of Coady’s email being used for work-related purposes from an access to information request.
Elsewhere, the premier’s office has come under fire for the way it handled the “postergate” issue several weeks ago, when light poles in front of Confederation Building were plastered with posters calling for Ball’s resignation.
The premier’s communications person requested the posters be removed, but denies it was because she was asked by the premier or anyone else in his office.
The Department of Transportation and Works took the brunt of the blame, after the posters were ordered down at taxpayers’ expense.
Although Bennett has remained a little less in the public eye the past few weeks, the concern that she chose to tax books instead of sugary drinks — which would have taken in a lot more revenue — set off a firestorm of controversy throughout the province. She has also come under fire for having a closed-door, invitation-only meeting about domestic violence.
So, with three of the province’s most powerful people being blasted with demands to resign, it opens the door to ask what would you do if there was an election tomorrow?
Would you stay on board with the Liberals? After all, from their perspective they’re taking steps to reduce the financial burden on taxpayers by the previous government
Would you hop back on board the Progressive Conservative train, one that is being blamed for causing the financial stresses in the first place by overspending when oil prices were high instead of saving for a rainy day?
Or would you side with the NDP, a party that hasn’t had much experience leading, and with a leader that doesn’t even sit as an MHA?
And then there’s the independent option, where people like Paul Lane could form a coalition of sorts. Farfetched? Sure. Doable? Probably not.
Take the lesser of the evils, some might say. If there was an election tomorrow, the only thing most can agree on is there would likely be many new faces in the House of Assembly.