Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Why Manitoba Liberals will never win power

How much political mileage can the good doctor expect to get by bashing the guy who's being fĂȘted as he heads for the exit?

Be nice, Mr. Gerrard -- offer up the mandatory bouquet of nice words and funny anecdotes and then turn your attention to someone you'll actually be facing off against.


John Dobbin said...

The problem is that Doer should have appointed an interim leader. There would be plenty of time for bouquets but there are issues about a premier who is appointed by a PM still in the premier's office.

This is one reason why the NDP are going to have a hard time emerging from the shadow of Doer.

And in turn, they might find it harder to get elected another term.

Prairie Topiary said...

I can see how you arrive at your conclusion, but the Premier's position is a big job -- not one that I think can just be tossed to someone else on a moment's notice.
If Doer planned to stay on for, say, six months, perhaps it might be a problem, but I think it's reasonable that he takes some time to transition out of his position.

Stimpson said...

Yeah, I don't see much of a conflict here. Doer isn't holding the two jobs simultaneously because he isn't ambassador yet. And, as you say, he's staying in the Premier's Office for a fairly short time while the NDP selects a new leader. Shouldn't be a problem.

John Dobbin said...

If a premier dies in office, they can replace him that day because that is how the system is set up.

Yes, it is a big job. But transition to the deputy leader or other interim leader is built into the question of succession.

I think that any potential conflict should be dealt with. To say that there is absolutely no conflict is too broad a statement to make.

It not hard to think of a few that could happen within the NDP leadership race itself.