It’s been 13 years since former Premier Frank McKenna resigned and he still has pretty amazing resonance. I was in a room of maybe 25 people today and the speaker made a passing reference to ‘Frank’ – not ‘Frank McKenna, not former Premier Frank Mckenna, just something like that’s how ‘Frank’ did it – and everyone in the room seemed to know who Frank was.
There were probably 9-10 people in the room around 35 years old or younger – which means that none of theme were out of university while McKenna was still Premier – and everyone knew who ‘Frank’ was.
I’ll bet if someone said that’s how Bernie did it or even that’s how Shawn does it – with no political refererence – I doubt anyone in the room would get the reference.
I have said before that McKenna’s legacy – particularly inthe economic development area – was probably not as stellar as some would like to say but there is no question that he captured the collective psyche.