Enough is enough!
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