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Just spoke to Shelly Glover, who says “I am the premier. I am the premier, not her.”— Bartley Kives (@bkives) November 2, 2021
Just spoke to Shelly Glover, who says “I am the premier. I am the premier, not her.”
That’s a pretty cynical look at it, sorry you’re at a place where you feel gov actively works to keep people helpless. I don’t think the facts quite back that and come from the school that decision-makers do want to do right by people. Some more wrapped up in the “game” side of politics than others and lose sight of their wider responsibility to represent constituents over party. All politicians will have a limited shelf life unless you’re Mississauga Hazel. Especially in areas where result could more easily flip to one party or the other in any given election, baggage adds up and the leader either moves on in the interest of the party having a chance in the next vote or they face the music and learn the hard way. New premier is what she is. A freshish face to try to help the party cut bait with just enough Pallister baggage that they feel they can line up well against Wab K in a campaign in Winnipeg where the election will be won or lost. Basically to the PCs what Sellinger was to the NDP post-Doer. She’ll know from day one that she only has a finite amount of time in the role before the baggage adds up, just as those before her did.
As much as I wasn’t a Pallister fan and would be in the camp that never would’ve voted for him again, he did in hindsight have the rare guts to make (or sign off on?) decisions toward the end that put us in a better pandemic place than most provinces for this current wave. Will be watching and hoping for some of that in Stefanson, but suspect she’ll find it tougher to be polarizing when she has two years to try to define herself enough to win a vote. All while trying to keep own party united. One thing I’d like to see are rules around election calls, necessity and timing. The last Federal and Provincial elections both used the dirty trick of incumbent gov calling in the summer and giving the other side limited time to get a campaign going while everyone else is enjoying the summer. USA politics is messed up but one thing they IMO have right are term limits and fixed election dates, none of which require core campaigning to go on in the summer. If Stefanson wants to separate herself from prev Premier, supporting that kind of change would be a great start IMO.
Right into the fire with Southern Health’s worsening situation while the rest of us sit back and wait and see how widespread some communities' lack of understanding of the pandemic and disproportionately rising case numbers end up affecting the rest of us. Love to be wrong, but this quote from the new Premier from link below (please click to read whole story for full context) doesn’t give a guy a lot of hope that we'll see the kind of leadership that'll prevent this from getting worse before it gets better:
“We'll continue to take the advice of the chief provincial public health officer, but we want to ensure we're out listening to Manitobans as well, who are negatively impacted as a result of closures," …..”We'll take the advice, but we have to balance with what this means. If it's looking at lockdowns and things like that, I don't want to be looking at that." https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/southern-health-covid-analysis-1.6239310
not intended to be a reflection on Glover, who from my perspective isnt so relevant and an unnecessary distraction unless a court decides otherwise... as much as I know we have some folks who continue to have opinions on the leadership race that took place.
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