Williams refutes rumours
Says he will not run in Port de Grave district in 2011 election
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.