By Letter to the Editor on June 11, 2021.
As a retired member of the Armed Forces, and past president and CEO of several corporations, I fully understand the need and value of loyalty, however, in this case I opine that the UCP’s local board has misplaced their loyalty as a board and expressed “personal” bias in wanting the UCP to take Drew Barnes back in. The board, I believe, was not elected to act as Mr. Barnes’ board, but the local UCP board!
Mr. Barnes, in my view, displayed disloyalty to his fellow elected colleagues when he openly defied his own government’s attempts to fight COVID.
Disloyalty to the leader of the UCPÂ and the party as a whole was only one reason the caucus voted to oust Mr. Barnes. As a member of any organization, one should feel free to disagree, offer alternative courses of action in all situations, however once the organization, not just the leader, makes a plan and then a decision, that member must support the plan even in disagreement. The local UCP board should fully understand this as how would it function if even one member openly defies any decisions made by the board? Should Mr. Barnes wish to be reinstated in caucus, he should be aware he needs to regain the trust and loyalty of that caucus; he does not have to “cowtail” to any one member of the UCP or even its leader; he just has to become a member of the team and work hard to ensure all his constituents are represented, not just those who agree with him!
He must, by his actions, show he is a United Conservative and then the UCP should welcome him back with open arms.
Ron Noel, CD, Warrant Officer Retired