As I followed the both provincial leadership campaigns and continue to read articles related to the leaderships of both Wade MacLauchlan and Rob Lantz, I notice there is a consistent thread through the discussions and comments. The influence of the infamous "back-rooms" on the leaders and the parties.
Ms. Crane's experience has brought the back-rooms into the limelight like never before and has created a situation where a question on many people's minds is whether the leader or party is controlled by their unelected back-room.
The back rooms have always been there, but have never been issues of contention until the last few years. They have never before been in the forefront in such a negative light that prospective and current leaders must make deliberate efforts to prove that they are not controlled by the back-room and that they are their own man or woman. And that is a good thing.
I am not so naïve as to think that the back-rooms will become non-influential in politics and the functioning of government on P.E.I.. But perhaps the mindsets of the electorate will start to take the control held by the back rooms into consideration when they elect our next provincial government. It is a small step in the needed effort to reduce the party insiders who feed from the political troughs.
Any move to reduce political patronage and increase political integrity is a good one.