End of the road?
Sam Slade’s political future uncertain
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.”