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Premier offers lesson on teamwork to PPM defectors

Election season is on, And premier Alden McLaughlin has some advice for two independent candidates seeking re-election.

Speaking last week at the Chamber of commerce legislative luncheon, He said there’s no room for selfish, narrow-minded thinking in government.

He said former government backbenchers Alva Suckoo and Winston Connolly, who crossed the aisle in late 2015 and early 2016 respectively, need to learn the meaning of teamwork or else they will be in for a rude awakening.

“Both of them sat as temporary, not just councillors, but as temporary ministers, bound by collective responsibility in cabinet,” explained Mr. McLaughlin. “But they both expected that they could operate as though they were independent members and lone rangers. Hence the reason they are all on the other side.”

The premier says neither man is a bad guy, he just thinks they have some growing up to do.

As for the future, Mr. McLaughlin wouldn’t rule out either man playing a role in a potential future government.

Mr. Suckoo had no comment.

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