It isn’t hard to tell that PC leader in waiting is a newbie. He showed that last week by facing the issue of his pro-choice stance on abortion clearly and honestly.
We don’t often see that from politicians who have been around the block a time or two.
In this business we see it — and hear it — more often that most.
Without painting them all with the same brush, some of the most successful ones know how to tackle prickly issues head on without waltzing around a direct question.
In fact, the present crop of leaders in the three political parties in this province seem to be willing to say what they think instead of babbling on with what they think voters want to hear.
That kind of ducking questions isn’t as easy these days when everyone is connected and news is everywhere ... 24/7.
There has been plenty of comment about how Coleman has handled the pro-life questions as he prepares to take over running Newfoundland and Labrador — almost all of it was positive.
Some of the most understanding words even came from his political opponents Dwight Ball and Lorraine Michael.
When you think about it though, that would be logical and understandable.
Fellow politicians would know first hand how much it takes to support the platform of your party when sometimes it clashes with your personal beliefs.
Doubtless, they all find themselves in that position eventually. Let’s hope this openness and civility continues ... regardless of which leader is sitting in the premier’s chair.