Wil­liams re­futes ru­mours

Says he will not run in Port de Grave district in 2011 elec­tion

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRYROBERTS edi­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Premier Danny Wi l liams em­phat­i­cally de­nied the ru­mours last week — he will not be run­ning in the Port de Grave district in next fall’s pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

“ There’s no truth to it,” Wil­liams stated dur­ing an event in Har­bour Grace last week.

Spec­u­la­tion that Wil­liams will run in the Con­cep­tion Bay district has been wide­spread in re­cent weeks, with many sug­gest­ing the pre­mie r, who re­sides in S t . John’s, but also has a res­i­dence in Holy­rood, would pre­fer a district a lit­tle closer to home.

The an­nounce­ment re­cently that Lib­eral MHA Roland But­ler, who has rep­re­sented the district since 2001, will not seek re­elec­tion seemed to stim­u­late the rumour.

When asked re­cently what he made of the rumour, But­ler joked he would change his mind about re­tire­ment if the premier came call­ing on the district.

“ I’d have a make sure he got a chal­lenge,” But­ler quipped.

Port de Grave has been a Lib­eral strong­hold, and was one of only four dis­tricts that didn’t send a Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive to the House of Assem­bly dur­ing the 2007 elec­tion. But­ler edged Bay Roberts Mayor Glenn Lit­tle­john by just un­der 300 votes in the 2007 vote.

Wil­liams, mean­while, said he will run again in Hum­ber West on the prov­ince’s west coast.

“ I’m in Hum­ber West and I’m very com­fort­able there. And I feel a great deal of in­debt­ed­ness to the peo­ple of Hum­ber West. They be­lieved in me right from the start. I went out there as a townie, and a lot of peo­ple said it was a po­lit­i­cal mis­take to go out there. But they sup­ported me from Day 1 and I wouldn’t turn my back on the peo­ple of Hum­ber West.”

The next pro­vin­cial elec­tion is sched­uled for Oct. 11, 2011.

The Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­vaties gar­nered nearly 70 per cent of the pop­u­lar vote in 2007, and have been en­joy­ing sky-high pop­u­lar­ity ever since.

Premier Danny Wil­liams quashed ru­mours last week that he was con­sid­er­ing run­ning in the district of Port de Grave in next fall’s pro­vin­cial gen­eral elec­tion.

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