End of the road?

Sam Slade’s po­lit­i­cal fu­ture un­cer­tain

The Compass - - NEWS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS

Although he hasn’t com­pletely ruled it out, Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Sam Slade may be fin­ished with pol­i­tics.

The for­mer mayor of Car­bon­ear lost his bid to run for the Lib­er­als in the new Car­bon­ear-Trin­ity-Bay de Verde dis­trict later this fall to fel­low cau­cus mem­ber MHA Steve Crocker.

But Slade is look­ing at the loss as a new be­gin­ning, rather than an end to a ca­reer.

“If I died tonight, I’ve lived one of the great­est lives you could live,” the charis­matic Car­bon­ear res­i­dent ex­claimed. “Imag­ine get­ting off the fish­ing boat and be­com­ing MHA, be­ing mayor, deputy mayor and coun­cil­lor of Car­bon­ear. That’s a life­time of pol­i­tics.”

With eight grand­chil­dren in his life, Slade ex­pects to spend more time with the lit­tle ones for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

“You take a lot away from your fam­ily time,” he noted with re­spect to his work as an MHA.

But it hasn’t been a neg­a­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. Slade con­sis­tently feels sat­is­fied with the work he has done with the re­gion, and will con­tinue to work for his con­stituents un­til his term is over Nov. 30.

“If you can change a life for the bet­ter by help­ing some­one out or just tak­ing their phone call, there is just so much grat­i­fi­ca­tion in it,” he said.

Since the be­gin­ning of his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer over 20 years ago, Slade has fo­cused on the same motto — it’s about the peo­ple. This is some­thing he be­lieves he has not only suc­ceeded at, but ex­celled at as well.

“I’ve set the bar re­ally high for any MHA to go out and in­ter­act with the peo­ple and work oneon-one with them.”

Those are the char­ac­ter­is­tics that won’t al­low him to write off the idea of run­ning for po­lit­i­cal of­fice again in the fu­ture, whether it’s at a pro­vin­cial or mu­nic­i­pal level.

“I never said I’ll never run again,” he said. “But for now, I think I’m go­ing to spend some time re­flect­ing on my years (in of­fice).”

When asked how he felt about Crocker win­ning the nom­i­na­tion, Slade said he was happy for his col­league and be­lieves he will win the elec­tion in Novem­ber.

“I do con­grat­u­late Mr. Crocker, and I cer­tainly hope he will con­tinue to treat all the (new) dis­trict with the same re­spect as he is now. There are too many peo­ple with con­cerns that are fall­ing through the cracks of this gov­ern­ment.”

Although dis­ap­pointed he is not go­ing to be­gin cam­paign­ing again soon, he stands by his say­ing that ev­ery­thing should be about the peo­ple.

“The peo­ple made their de­ci­sion,” he said. “And you know what? The peo­ple are al­ways right.”

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Sam Slade

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