Mac­Don­ald not run­ning for Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - CLARENVILLE, NL

Weeks af­ter an­nounc­ing his in­ten­tion to try for the Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion of the Bon­av­is­taBurin-Trin­ity fed­eral rid­ing, Clarenville lawyer Stacy Mac­Don­ald has de­cided not to file nom­i­na­tion pa­pers.

In a Face­book post on Sept. 28, Mac­Don­ald says the main rea­son for de­cid­ing against run­ning was fam­ily.

“As you know, this nom­i­na­tion may lead, for whomever wins, to an MP po­si­tion re­quir­ing the MP to spend ap­prox­i­mately half of the year or more in Ot­tawa and a large por­tion of the re­main­ing year work­ing through­out the dis­trict, which is very large,” reads the post.

“Although I may have been ready to make this sac­ri­fice for the good of the dis­trict, I do not feel I have the right to im­pose this sac­ri­fice on my chil­dren, who are too young to truly un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate its con­se­quences on them.”

For­mer MP Judy Foote of­fi­cially re­signed from the po­si­tion this past week in the House of Com­mons in Ot­tawa.

Mac­Don­ald is­sued a press re­lease in mid-Septem­ber an­nounc­ing his de­sire to seek the Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion, join­ing Pete Soucy, Merv Wise­man and Churence Rogers as in­ter­ested nom­i­nees.

Mac­Don­ald thanked ev­ery­one who sup­ported him early in his campaign, both pub­licly and pri­vately, and en­cour­aged the peo­ple of Bon­av­ista-Bur­inTrin­ity to be­come in­volved in choos­ing who will next rep­re­sent them in Ot­tawa.

was step­ping down, he im­me­di­ately thought about the po­si­tion.

The po­ten­tial nom­i­nee cited many dif­fer­ent ar­eas of im­por­tance in the dis­trict in his speech, in­clud­ing se­niors, af­ford­able hous­ing, en­vi­ron­ment, fish­ery, aqua­cul­ture, and ru­ral eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

“Our fish­ery is still vi­tal — it al­ways will be,” he said in his ad­dress.

Soucy also thanked his fam­ily and sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing MHAs in at­ten­dance — Carol Anne Ha­ley of Bur­inGrand Bank, Mark Browne of Pla­cen­tia West-Belle­vue, and Betty Pars­ley of Har­bour Main.

While he doesn’t cur­rently live in the re­gion, Soucy says he has be­fore and has a great un­der­stand­ing of the dis­trict. His wife is from the area, and Soucy says he would con­sider mov­ing to the dis­trict if suc­cess­ful


Stacy Mac­Don­ald

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