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The lineup is set for the provincial Tory leadership race and all three candidates are from the west coast.Regardless of which one of them — Bill Barry, Wayne Bennett or Frank Coleman — ends up being leader and then premier, it should be positive for this part of the province.

All three men will have a immediate understanding of the challenges facing the people who live on this coast.

No studying of files will be necessary for any of them.

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The opposite was certainly true of the former premier Kathy Dunderdale. She made many official trips to the west coast but never gave the appearance that she was in tune with what residents wanted to hear from her.

In fact, that was her biggest drawback in general; she didn’t quite connect with the ordinary citizen who wanted to know she cared about their situation, even if she didn’t have the solution.

That shouldn’t hinder Barry, Bennett or Coleman when one of them gets to call the shots in Confederation Building. They all know, or should know, that the western part of the province — most of it for that matter — has not been flourishing despite of the massive oil boom on the Avalon.

While the economy there is bubbling along because of its proximity to the offshore oil fields and thousands of high-paying government jobs, much of the rest of the province is barely getting by.

Of late, even some of the affluent mining communities in Labrador have suddenly been hit by hard times as the world demand for iron ore sags.

We don’t expect to get any special treatment at the detriment of other areas from the new PC leader come July, but it’s natural that people on the west coast should expect more empathy.

Organizations: Tory

Geographic location: Labrador

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  • Too Funny
    March 20, 2014 - 08:15

    If it wasn't for government jobs then there would be no high paying jobs on the west coast.

  • Crazy
    March 18, 2014 - 17:44

    @ Henry, are you suggesting we the people should make Dwight Ball the next premier of the province, because if you are, remember back in 2011, the liberals said they had a plan concerning the fishery, as of to date nothing. All the man talk about is Bill 29. Reason is . he just don't have a clue what's going on around him. Ball is willing to build the party on turn coats, That what he call leadership abilities, Henry if your hoping Frank Coleman is the man for the job forget it,

    • Harry
      March 19, 2014 - 09:57

      Bill Barry will ruin this province. Nuff said. Mr. Barry is not God to everyone in the fishery business. Some fishery folks actually dislike his take on the fishery. Mr. Barry has a ultraconservative style of how a society should operate. More for the rich and less for the poor. That's how he operates on this Island.

  • Henry
    March 18, 2014 - 15:14

    Anyone but Bill Barry....... You got to have rocks in your head to make this person leader of Progressive Conservatives never mind Premier. He is nothing but another Harperite mentality.... Who's needs this? We have had enough already of this type of political philolophy.