‘No re­grets’ says MP Judy Foote about leav­ing pol­i­tics

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL - BY ADAM RAN­DELL THE BEACON BON­AV­ISTA-TRIN­ITY-BURIN, NL Adam.ran­dell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

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.

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