Dean MacDonald, the man who may or may not be interested in the leadership of the Liberal party either now or never, says that the provincial Liberal party is in need of a clean slate in order to compete in the next election. “There’s probably still some divisions within the party leftover from the past decade. So we need new blood, fresh faces, people willing to work,” MacDonald told David Cochrane on CBC’s On Point. “Let’s call a spade a spade, and the party needs to get back to a place where it can win an election.” View a video of MacDonald’s interview via the link below. Source: CBC
Kieran Hanley explores how the Liberals went from governing to 6% support in St. John’s in just 9 years
On Friday The Telegram published an article worth looking at which compares the stories of Danny Williams and Dean MacDonald; MacDonald is a former business partner of Williams whose interest in the leadership of the provincial Liberal party has been rumoured for many years – but now seems to be gaining some momentum. The Telegram makes the point that Newfoundlanders always seem to be searching for the star premier – whether it be a Joey, a Clyde, a Brian, or a Danny. Are we now looking for a Dean? Check out the read at the link below. Source: The Telegram
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…
There is a report this morning from VOCM that former Chief of Defence Rick Hillier may be interested in the leadership of the Liberal Party. There has been no confirmation of this rumour, but it has already been a busy 24 hrs in the contest to succeed resigned Yvonne Jones. In the mix officially at this point are provincial Liberal party stalwart Danny Dumaresque and mainlander and former PC leader hopeful Brad Cabana, with St. John’s Lawyer Bern Coffey and former cabinet minister Chuck Furey said to be close to announcing their bid. Former federal MP Siobhan Coady is weighing her options, but is reportedly closer to the “no” side. Meanwhile Randy Simms, Dean MacDonald, and John Noseworthy have stated they will not be running. The race is on to noon on Friday! Source: VOCM
With Yvonne Jones stepping down as leader, the dynamic of the Fall provincial election transforms.