Enough is enough!

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY DENISE PIKE

A well-known lo­cal politician has de­cided to bow out of pro­vin­cial pol­i­tics af­ter a decade as a mem­ber of the House of Assem­bly. He will not be a can­di­date in next year’s pro­vin­cial gen­eral elec­tion.

When the next pro­vin­cial elec­tion is held on Oct. 11, 2011 vot­ers won’t see Roland But­ler’s name on the bal­lot.

The MHA will be re­tir­ing af­ter serv­ing for 10 years as Lib­eral mem­ber for the district of Port de Grave

The 65-year-old politician made the an­nounce­ment April 17 in Shearstown dur­ing a din­ner hosted by the Port de Grave District Lib­eral As­so­ci­a­tion.

“I want to make it very clear that I will not be run­ning in the next elec­tion,” But­ler told sup­port­ers at the event. “But I also want to make it clear that I plan to be there for the long haul. Af­ter the nom­i­na­tion process I will be there to sup­port the suc­cess­ful can­di­date.”

Over the past few months many peo­ple have been spec­u­lat­ing on whether or not But­ler would seek re-elec­tion. The MHA said he wanted to be up­front about his in­ten­tions.

“I saw what hap­pened in the last elec­tion where many MHAs said they were go­ing to be there and then backed out at the last moment,” he said. “ That’s not my style and I don’t think it’s fair. I’ve also heard that sev­eral peo­ple are in­ter­ested and think­ing of putting their name forth to run. Of­fi­cially an­nounc­ing I will not run here tonight will give these peo­ple a chance to plan their cam­paign.”

But­ler says he wel­comes the op­por­tu­nity to men­tor and as­sist his suc­ces­sor.

“I have no prob­lem with the party call­ing for the nom­i­na­tions for this district early and get­ting a per­son in place to run in the next elec­tion. I’d be will­ing to work side by side with that per­son, to travel the district and help them ad­just to the role of MHA and be­come fa­mil­iar with the needs and con­cerns of the con­sti­tutes. I’d do ev­ery­thing I could pos­si­bly do to pre­pare and help them get elected.”

“I saw what hap­pened in the last elec­tion where many MHAs said they were go­ing to be there and then backed out at the last moment. That’s not my style

and I don’t think it’s fair.”

– Roland But­ler

But­ler cut his eye teeth in pol­i­tics serv­ing as ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to for­mer MHA and cabi­net min­is­ter John Ef­ford from 1989 to 2000 and as an ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to Tom Lush from Fe­bru­ary to June 2001. That same month But­ler won the Port de Grave district for the Lib­er­als in a tight by­elec­tion by beat­ing Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Ed Neil 3,309 to 3,211. Af­ter the elec­tion he served as party whip and deputy chair of com­mit­tees.

On Oct. 21, 2003 But­ler beat pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date Clarence Gosse 3,983 to 2,374 and was elected for his sec­ond term to the House of Assem­bly.

He nar­rowly edged out Glenn Lit­tle­john 3,329 to 3,069 in the Oct. 2007 elec­tion. He was one of only three Lib­eral in­cum­bents in the en­tire prov­ince to hold onto their seats in the last trip to the polls.

He was re­cently ap­pointed Deputy Op­po­si­tion House leader and critic for Hu­man Re­sources and Em­ploy­ment.

But­ler has lived in the Port de Grave District for 40 years. For the past 34 years he has lived in the com­mu­nity of Shearstown where he has been ac­tively in­volved in all as­pects of com­mu­nity and po­lit­i­cal life. He and his wife Maude (nee Mercer) have one son, Dar­rell. Dar­rell and his wife Kim (nee Deer­ing) have two sons, Justin and An­drew.

RE­TIR­ING - Roland But­ler, Port de Grave MHA said re­cently he will not be run­ning in the 2011 pro­vin­cial gen­eral elec­tion. The 65-year-old politician made the an­nounce­ment April 17 in Shearstown dur­ing a din­ner hosted by the Port de Grave District Lib­eral As­so­ci­a­tion

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