‘No regrets’ says MP Judy Foote about leaving politics
After a political career spanning 28 years – 21 as a politician – Bonavista-Trinity-Burn M.P. Judy Foote has entered her final weeks as a politician.
And she has “no regrets” about her decision to retire.
Considered to be the most powerful female politician in the province’s history, and having battled through two bouts of cancer, Foote will retire when the House of Parliament resumes later this month.
Foote is retiring to spend more time with her family. While stating she is cancer free, Foote has talked about a genetic predisposition for cancer in her family and alluded to family health issues.
During a recent visit to Glovertown for a funding announcement, Foote said it was one of several stops she has wanted to make before leaving politics.
She has 240 communities within her riding.
“I’m going to try and spend as much time as possible in the riding, as I’ve always done as an MHA or Member of Parliament,” said Foote. “I done a fair bit the summer in anticipation of an announcement coming, although no decision was made until the last couple of weeks.”
She said the visit was an opportunity to say thankyou to the people of the area, something that will continue throughout her travels.
“It’s so important to say thank-you. . . the people I have represented over the last 20 years have been so kind since the announcement,” she said. “And that’s always rewarding, because it sends the right message that you did what was expected as a representative.”
Her retirement is looking to be a bittersweet moment, as her position afforded her an opportunity to help those in need.
“I love being able to make a difference in the life of an individual who without my help or the help of those who work with me, wouldn’t know where to turn. That’s always been my objective,” she said.
“It’s going to be difficult to step away... I’m dealing with that only because I love what I do so much.
“But I love my family more. It’s important that I now spend time with them and that’s what I’m doing.”
After a political career spanning 28 years – 21 as a politician – Bonvaista-Burin-Trinity M.P. Judy Foote will be retiring in the coming weeks.