The provincial NDP caucus appears to be trying to bring about renewal with the subtlety of a meat cleaver. The four MHAs who serve under Lorraine Michael sent her an email strongly suggesting she consider moving into retirement and let others chart a course for the party that has more support in this province than ever.
Whether there is a need for a new leader to take the party to a new level is better known to those on the inside of the party — but, for certain, the way the process unfolded is less than tasteless.
The same four MHAs likely can thank Lorraine Michael more than anyone for their seats in the House of Assembly. She has been the steady voice of reason in politics in this province since taking over the helm of a party that has never lived up to its promise.
Michael and the NDP are riding high in the polls and have every opportunity to build on their recent success.
But slowly building a solid base and creating policies that will gain support of voters doesn’t seem to suit the itchy four.
There is no doubt that at 70 Michael is older than most political party leaders these days of slick campaign ads, perfect makeup and empty sound bites.
She had a life of service long before falling into politics and doesn’t weigh everything against how much political capital a stand on an issue can gain or lose for her and her party.
Simply put, her heart is in the right place and that’s rare in politics these days.
The NDP may need a new leader to take over running the government, but Lorraine Michael deserves better treatment from those who know her best.