Frank Coleman — our premier in waiting — likely doesn’t feel like a winner yet. Ever since he was left as the final candidate in a three-man race, Coleman has been going from one crisis to another.
The latest and most lasting entrail picking is connected to his relationship with Humber Valley Paving, a company he once owned and sold, as it related to dealings with the provincial government.
The province let the paving company out of a road contract in Labrador without withholding any of the bond it had posted as a guarantee the work would be done.
Why that happened has been the subject of endless conjecture and news coverage — day after day after day.
Coleman, the government and some of those who suspect something cosy went on expressed a desire that the province’s Auditor General to investigate the whole mess.
Thankfully, that is going to happen.
Accusations and finger pointing won’t get the matter resolved and having an independent investigation should settle the issue once and for all.
Coleman doesn’t hold a seat in the House of Assembly yet, hasn’t been sworn in as premier but he’s already made it clear he feels like he’s being unfairly targeted.
It doesn’t matter if that is accurate or not.
Coleman should have known from the beginning that he could have no secrets once he stepped from his quiet private life into what is a blood sport in this province.
That’s just the way things work and he and his team are giving a great lesson in how not to run for office.