Posted February 5, 2021

Welcome To The New Premier: Iain Rankin

Dear Iain Rankin:
Congratulations. It was a long slog. Liberals who wanted to really get to know you were confined to a two-dimensional view. Now they and all Nova Scotians will want to learn more.
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According to Machiavelli, it is better for a prince to be feared than to be loved. His reasoning is that people “love at their own free will, but fear at the will of the prince.” This explains the behaviour of elected federal Republicans.
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The Liberals held three remote events for the leadership candidates. Given the limitations of the technology, they could hardly be called debates.
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When asked about Stephen McNeil’s strengths, the three candidates competing to replace him provide remarkably similar answers: good values and the political courage to make decisions based on them. On the other hand, none of them enthuses about the absence of transparency.
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In early February, the provincial Liberals will choose a new leader and the province’s premier.
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