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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.

Geographic location: Labrador

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  • Ben
    May 12, 2014 - 13:47

    Just another case of the PC party taking care of their own. What's a few bucks between friends when we are paying for it.

  • Ben
    May 12, 2014 - 13:46

    Just another case of the PC party taking care of their own. What's a few bucks between friends when we are paying for it.

  • John q
    May 12, 2014 - 11:33

    I do not want any unelected premiers. Does nothing for democracy... I suggest if Mr. Coleman becomes premier he call a election immediately, and we will find out if voters want him. At least we can decide who will be premier and not a political party. :-(

  • ON
    May 12, 2014 - 09:14

    We hate coleman becoz the other 2 candidates BAILED! we accused him of fixing the race, we find his personal views wrong...wow can't wait for the next headline. wats the alternative? dwight ball, BB or mr. racist?? ahaha good luck boys i'd rather the new guy on the block...keep "teaching" him a lesson i think we're all going to eat our words but i'm sure it's not going to be good enough anyway.

  • citizen kane
    May 12, 2014 - 06:20

    The fact that he even thinks it is unfair is unbelievable given the timeline. This does portend well for us the people. Just take my word for it politics is the worst kind and those days are long gone. I guess no one told Frank Colemen. In this mess it will boil down to the sureties on the bonds. If Frank Colemen and or Peter Byrne(or any other family members for that matter) had any personal assurances on those sureties than I would expect most people will be of the opinion you are not fit for the office. If it was just the company that had the sureties then Mr Colemen is more believable, but no one is just going to take your word for it . And that you think they should is outrageous at best.