Independent MLA Olive Crane shares a laugh with Liberal MLA Bush Dumville in the legislature recently.
Premier Robert Ghiz and independent MLA Olive Crane aren’t friends and probably never will be.
In past years their relationship could best be described as somewhere between cordial and frosty, but that seems to have changed since her eviction from the Opposition caucus.
The Liberals seem to be taking great pleasure in needling the Opposition by praising Crane for her questions and repeatedly referring to her as the former leader of the Opposition.
There used to be an adversarial tone to their interactions in the house, but in the last few weeks Ghiz has often stopped at Crane’s desk to chat on his way out the door.
And since there are only four desks between hers and the Opposition it can’t have gone unnoticed by her former colleagues.
Some of that may have to do with Crane’s new position, since she needs someone to second any motions she tables in the house and likely won’t find that person on the Opposition side.
Crane needs to play nice, to a certain extent, to make sure she can get the help she needs in the house.
She still asks questions, none of which could be considered softballs, but her tone has changed since becoming an independent.
It’s more question, less attack.
It will be interesting to see if that relationship stays as warm if Crane starts ramping up her attacks on the government and gets back to her old Opposition leader ways.