After an election with a turnout even lower than the historic low last year , the PCs are moving out, laden with cash, leaving the shredders smoking and the NDP are moving in, after DD gets sworn in this evening. Expectations are high, some might say impossible. Some people think that since the NDP are in power now there is nothing more to do or to worry about it, expecting that utopia has arrived.
Not us. We will be watching, interested first in seeing who DD chooses for cabinet posts. Since it is people who make systems work not systems that make people work, quality people should be job one for any government. Hard to make a silk purse out of sows ears. [Please don’t accuse us of calling anyone pigs. IT’S AN EXPRESSION!] Lots of speculation about potential Ministers but no hard news. We are quite happy to wait and see, although we might predict that Jim Morton, of Kings North, will be among the favoured.
Later: We forgot gender politics. The Valley seat at the table goes to rookie but properly sexed Jennex who gets Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. [Maybe she’ll give us a municipal auditor?] AND she gets Immigration AND Emergency Management. She had better be a barn burner. [Don’t take that literally. IT’S AN EXPRESSION]
Some people have no fear that this new crowd will be beholden to Unions. Others are not at all so sure of that.
... after listening to Premier elect Darrell Dexter state over and over to the media that he is not going to be beholding to CUPE or the NSGEU, look what he has done.
Two of Darrell’s transition team are Robert Chisholm Regional Director CUPE and Ray Larkin legal council for the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union. Larkin is also well known for being associated with the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour.
Will people still have the burning desire to – as they saying goes – “speak truth to power?” as they did to the PCs? Or will they retire saying “ Our work here is done.”