Disqualified Tory leadership candidate Wayne Bennett will have to count on the court system to get him back in the race.
The PC rules committee dumped Bennett from the contest because he didn’t apologize for what they considered unacceptable comments made on social media.
Unless a judge overturns the decision, the leadership race will be between long-time friends Bill Barry and Frank Coleman. One thing is for certain, PC convention delegates will have a clear choice when they cast their votes.
The two Corner Brook businessmen couldn’t be more different in temperament and approach to politics.
Barry is a rabble-rouser and isn’t shy about pushing his sometimes-radical ideas. He tells it like it is — or how he believes it is — or should be.
He’s the quintessential political outsider who managed to alienate most of the PC party insiders and powerbrokers before the first week of his campaign was in the books.
Coleman, on the other hand, was embraced by many in the party even before he said he was interested in the job. He is measured in everything he says and does. The reserved grocery chain magnate is well known and liked by those who pull the levers of power in the party.
The stark difference between Barry and Coleman was shown by their association with former premier Danny Williams.
Williams was quick to say publically he would never back Barry because of the way he approached his dealings with the present members of the government and some of the ideas he expressed early in the campaign.
As for Coleman, he called up his friend Danny before he decided to put his name in the hat and sought his advice.
Bennett must feel he’s lost a front-row seat at a good show.