Pete Soucy of­fi­cially throws in his hat for Bonavista-Burin-Trin­ity

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS THE PACKET jonathan.par­sons@thep­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

Sport­ing his best Liberal red tie, Pete Soucy stepped into the room at the Clarenville Inn on Mon­day, sur­rounded by sup­port­ers, MHAs, busi­ness­peo­ple, vol­un­teers, and fam­ily.

With an an­nounce­ment at the podium he made it of­fi­cial — Soucy is of­fi­cially seek­ing the Liberal nom­i­na­tion for the fed­eral dis­trict of Bonavista-Bur­inTrin­ity.

Soucy called the ca­reer move a “bold step” with big shoes to fill to re­place MP Judy Foote, who re­signed this past week.

“She has been our cham­pion for a long time and raised the bar ex­tremely high,” said Soucy to the crowd.

He was in­tro­duced by lo­cal busi­ness­man and for­mer po­lit­i­cal can­di­date Roger Jamieson, who will be serv­ing as his cam­paign man­ager.

He says once he heard Foote was step­ping down, he im­me­di­ately thought about the po­si­tion.

Soucy is best known as a per­former and ra­dio talk show host, but has also tried his hand in pol­i­tics be­fore, hav­ing run for the pro­vin­cial Lib­er­als in 1999.

The potential nom­i­nee cited many dif­fer­ent ar­eas of im­por­tance in the dis­trict in his speech, in­clud­ing se­niors, af­ford­able hous­ing, en­vi­ron­ment, fish­ery, aqua­cul­ture, and ru­ral eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

“Our fish­ery is still vi­tal — it al­ways will be,” he said in his ad­dress.

Soucy also thanked his fam­ily and sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing MHAs in at­ten­dance — Carol Anne Ha­ley of Burin-Grand Bank, Mark Browne of Pla­cen­tia West-Belle­vue, and Betty Pars­ley of Har­bour Main.

While he doesn’t cur­rently live in the re­gion, Soucy says he has be­fore and has a great un­der­stand­ing of the dis­trict. His wife is from the area, and Soucy says he would con­sider moving to the dis­trict if suc­cess­ful in his bid.

“In short, I’m ready to move for­ward with great en­ergy and op­ti­mism on this ad­ven­ture … I am ready to be the next mem­ber of par­lia­ment for Bon­av­is­taBurin-Trin­ity.”

When asked about the fate of his al­ter-ego — comedic char­ac­ter “Snook” — Soucy joked that Snook reached out to him and told him “he would hap­pily re­tire.”

As for what’s next, Soucy doesn’t know when the nom­i­na­tion date might be, but in the mean­time, he plans to con­tinue talk­ing to con­stituents and trav­el­ling around the dis­trict.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent process for the nom­i­na­tion. It’s a mat­ter of seek­ing the fed­eral Liberal mem­bers and, of course, en­cour­ag­ing more to be­come fed­eral Liberal mem­bers.”

JONATHAN PAR­SONS PHOTO

Pete Soucy at the Clarenville Inn on Mon­day, Oct. 2.

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