Perry content after cabinet ouster
Tignish-Palmer Road MLA Hal Perry said Friday he is not losing any sleep over Premier Wade MacLauchlan’s decision to remove him from cabinet.
“The premier made the decision to change things up a little bit,” Perry said in a telephone interview.
“It depends on what the agenda is moving forward, and the premier believed, moving forward, that the decisions he made would assist with that, and I respect that. I really do respect that.”
Perry’s career in provincial politics started out as a Progressive Conservative MLA but partway through his first-term he crossed the floor and joined the Liberals.
Perry was passed over when the post-election cabinet was selected, but was handed the Education, Early Learning and Culture ministry the following day when the premier’s first choice, Tina Mundy, was bounced from cabinet.
“I am where I am supposed to be, which is still the MLA for Tignish-Palmer Road, something that I am very, very happy and blessed to be doing. It is probably the favourite thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
Perry endorsed the premier’s choice to replace him.
“By putting Doug (Currie) into Education at this time, with the experience and knowledge he has, it’s a good fit,” he said.
He had no response when asked whether there is something particularly challenging on the horizon that requires Currie’s leadership.
Perry described his term as a cabinet minister an honour.
“Not every MLA gets the opportunity to sit in cabinet. It gave me an opportunity to really gain a lot of knowledge and to see things from a different perspective and how they work at the top level,” he said.
“I’m grateful to have had that opportunity. That may again arise, but, at this time, I am quite content to be the MLA for Tignish-Palmer Road. I will do my best to help out my constituents and fulfill their needs and expectations.”