Confidence soars at Liberal convention

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At the Hotel Gander this weekend, Liberals are buzzing, and the feeling among party members is that they're right on the verge of government after 11 long years in opposition.

The Liberal convention is taking place in Gander this weekend

All throughout the Friday night opening ceremonies, there were jubilant references to the next Liberal government, and the next Liberal premier, and winning the next general election.

The sense of confidence among the Liberal party was so strong hat leader Dwight Ball used his short speech to caution members not to get too cocky.

 “What I felt more than ever before coming into a convention was confidence. People, you know, you've just got a different swagger with you now,” he said. “But I tell you, we've got to be careful. We've got to be careful because we are nowhere near the finish line.”

Ball said that the weekend convention marks the kick-off of the Liberals' election campaign.

With premier-designate Frank Coleman ready to take the reigns of the PC Party leadership in early July, he will have one year to call an election.

Liberals clearly feel good about their chances of beating Coleman.

The party is riding high in the polls – both in Newfoundland and Labrador, and also nationally – and the convention comes one day after a decisive election win for the Liberal Party in Ontario.

One organizer said that the Liberal gathering in Gander this weekend is likely the biggest convention they've had since the leadership convention involving Roger Grimes and John Efford.

Today, Liberals will turn their attention to policy and party organizing. Incoming party president John Allan has said that he wants to make strong district organizations and fund raising the top priority.

Privately, some Liberals echoed Ball's sentiments – that fighting back against complacency and over-confidence needs to be a priority too.

Organizations: PC Party, Liberal Party

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Gander

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  • Mark
    June 15, 2014 - 16:05

    I would be very concerned with giving the liberals a sniff. It is extremely obvious that the self serving of MHA business interests(see Bennett,Cathy) will override the good of Newfoundland. Sad as it is either go NDP or stay with the status quo

  • Julie
    June 14, 2014 - 10:58

    Did anyone, see the cartoon on vocm web site? Put me in mind of the Liberal dream, they have for our future...

  • Charles Murphy
    June 14, 2014 - 10:04

    Its all about the party, nothing about the people. " Personally" I'll wait to hear about the policy for the people. One thing came out of the convention, was the policy concerning the party, "BUT" Your forgetting about the people.

  • Cyril Rogers
    June 14, 2014 - 09:56

    It is all well and good to be confident….. but let's not get carried away folks. It seems certain that the Liberals will win the next election but, if they do,……what next? They are inheriting a seriously unbalanced economy…..one that sees urban growth and rural decline proceeding at a rapid pace. We are seeing a rebound of our traditional fishing resource(cod)….but no plan that will allow that species to become a cornerstone of rural renewal….. or a plan to sustain that resource for future generations. We are seeing the expenditure of multi billions on Muskrat Falls….a project that will be a millstone for generations. We are seeing a yearly budget that is now running deficits….after a decade of waste and mismanagement by a PC administration that threw money at everything in order to get elected. We are seeing a bloated public service…by a PC administration that bought votes and jobs….to the detriment of the economy in the long term. We are seeing an election system that allows huge majorities on the basis of less than 35% of the eligible vote….are we going to see the Liberals change how we elect members to reflect at least a majority of votes in each district? Are we going to see the Liberals demonstrate enough integrity to allow for the recall any member or government that is expressly ignoring the best interests of the populace….by allowing for factual information and a referendum when deciding on a course that will have a momentous impact for decades? Are we going to see a Liberal government willing to enact, and extract, penalties on members and administrations that severely cripple the economy, such as when the Muskrat Falls project is completed…. after they knowingly ignore fundamental principles to bully their way to a decision? Perhaps the Liberals need to engage in sober reflection…because they are inheriting a mess that is currently disguised by the squandering of the oil dollars. I don't envy them….but will we simply get a change of players and no real reform?