Char­lene John­son en­dorses Frank Cole­man

The Compass - - CLASSIFIED -

Trin­ity-Bay de Verde MHA and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Char­lene John­son is the lat­est high pro­file Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive politi­cian in this prov­ince to pub­licly en­dorse lead­er­ship can­di­date and Cor­ner Brook busi­ness­man Frank Cole­man.

In a news re­lease is­sued re­cently by Cole­man’s camp, John­son and Mount Pearl North MHA Steve Kent, who is the Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal and In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs, were pre­sented as sup­port­ers of the lead­er­ship hope­ful.

“Char­lene and Steve rep­re­sent the young mem­bers of the PC cau­cus and I look for­ward to work­ing with them to en­gage the youth of our prov­ince on pub­lic pol­icy is­sues that im­pact them,” said Cole­man.

As fi­nance min­is­ter, John­son said she sup­ports Cole­man’s ap­proach to fis­cal man­age­ment.

“I see in Frank a leader who un­der­stands the im­por­tance of fis­cal stew­ard­ship and achiev­ing bal­anced bud­gets while at the same time en­sur­ing we are ad­dress­ing the so­cial needs of New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans,” John­son is quoted as say­ing.

Kent said he is en­cour­aged by Cole­man’s com­mit­ment to hav­ing an open and trans­par­ent govern­ment, which would im­ple­ment all the rec­om­men­da­tions of the com­mit­tee re­view­ing the prov­ince’s Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion and Pro­tec­tion of Pri­vacy (ATIPP) leg­is­la­tion.

Cole­man is one of two res­i­dents of the prov­ince’s west coast hop­ing to win the lead­er­ship of the PC Party and be­come the 12th pre­mier. The other is Bill Barry.

PCs will as­sem­ble in St. John’s on July 5 to se­lect a leader.

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