Cleary willing to compromise – to a degree

“There’s give and take, there’s compromise, but I’ll only compromise so far. There are some things that I pointed out during the election I don’t think [can] be compromised on,” says Ryan Cleary, rookie Newfoundland MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl. Cleary will soon learn that compromise or not, he is on the wrong side of a majority government facing a party that has shown no willingness to play ball with the opposition. To his credit, Cleary did manage to get a step closer to one of his goals — a formal inquiry into the collapse of the cod fishery off Newfoundland — as that policy has been built into the NDP platform. Now all he has to do is convince the government to investigate its own ministry.

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