Everything seems to be going according to plan… Businessman Dean MacDonald made an appearance last night on CBC television because he was giving a lecture to the Conception Bay Chamber of Commerce – but spent his time answering questions about his political aspirations instead. He was asked directly about the leadership of the provincial Liberal party, which he has often been linked to, but always avoided until now. Is he interested? “… I just don’t want to say yes, but I’m certainly not going to say no” he said. “The province may need someone who’s prepared to roll up their sleeves and put in the effort, and who has a love of this place and if I happen to be the right person at that time, well, that may happen,” MacDonald said. The mere fact MacDonald appeared on television to answer questions like these is a pretty strong indication of how serious he is. In the months ahead Newfoundlanders can likely expect a lot of attention to be placed on Mr. MacDonald, who is a former business partner of Danny Williams.