One of the media reports yesterday talked about how the defection of Joan/Wally to the Libs would be good for Moncton. Good for Greater Moncton because there are two more voices around the government table. You know, about the exact same logic used when David Emmerson crossed the floor to join the Federal Tories.
I can tell you this. The Liberals will alway be handicapped in Moncton as long as Al Hogan’s the editor of the T&T. His editorial this morning was vitriolic. It reminded me of his piece after Lord got hammered in the SJ by-election. Instead of at least some nuance, Al blasted Saint Johners and basically told Lord to forget Saint John and get on with governing.
Now Lord is commuting to Montreal to hustle corporate Canada at $400/hour.
There was a lesson for Lord in the SJ by-election. As a matter of fact, there were warning signs all over the place but when your #1 fan is the editor of the largest newspaper in the province, it’s hard to get perspective.
So, Al’s loving David Emmerson’s cross and hating Joan/Wally’s cross is consistent with his ideological views.
But the voters in Greater Moncton deserve a little more credibility in its local newspaper and indeed, so do Progressive Conservatives.
I have heard from a two PCs that Jeannot Volpe is going beserk. And this can’t be good for the party.
In many ways, Al Hogan is the reason the Tories held on to their power in 2003 with the slimmest of majorities.
But, in my opinion, he is also one of the reasons they nearly lost in 2003 and did lose in 2006. When a government is not challenged in the editorial pages, there is something seriously wrong.