Truro area MLA pon­der­ing a run at fed­eral nom­i­na­tion

Lenore Zann asked by NDP and Lib­er­als about pos­si­ble can­di­dacy

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY HARRY SUL­LI­VAN SALTWIRE NET­WORK

A re­cent trip to Ot­tawa has Nova Sco­tia MLA Lenore Zann con­sid­er­ing a run for an MP’s seat in the next fed­eral elec­tion.

“I am in­ter­ested in pos­si­bly go­ing fed­eral,” said the NDP MLA for Truro-Bi­ble Hill-Mill­brookSal­mon River.

Zann has served as the rid­ing’s MLA for al­most 10 years, in­clud­ing four as part of the NDP’s ma­jor­ity govern­ment.

And while she says she’s happy to con­tinue in her cur­rent role, re­cent events have her con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of tak­ing a run at the fed­eral level.

“So I think I would be in­ter­ested in rep­re­sent­ing the larger rid­ing up in Ot­tawa. I would love the op­por­tu­nity to do that,” she said.

Zann was re­cently in Ot­tawa where she ac­com­pa­nied Cum­ber­land Colch­ester MP Bill Casey in a meet­ing with the au­di­tor gen­eral over the is­sue of main­tain­ing an RCMP com­mu­ni­ca­tion cen­tre in Truro.

While there, Zann said, Casey pro­vided her with a tour of Par­lia­ment Hill, dur­ing which she was given an op­por­tu­nity to meet with fed­eral mem­bers of both the NDP and Lib­eral par­ties.

“The truth of the mat­ter is, both par­ties have ex­pressed an in­ter­est in me run­ning in the next elec­tion,” she told the Truro News. “So, ba­si­cally what I’ve said is, thank you and I’m hon­oured and I will think about it.”

Casey, who has rep­re­sented his con­stituents as a Con­ser­va­tive, an in­de­pen­dent, and now as a Lib­eral, has an­nounced his in­ten­tion to re­tire at the end of the cur­rent term.

So far, the only per­son who has pub­licly ex­pressed an in­ten­tion to run for the rid­ing’s Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion is Casey’s for­mer chief of staff and Truro lawyer Joel Hen­der­son.

No one has yet de­clared a can­di­dacy to run for the NDP in the Cum­ber­land Colch­ester rid­ing.

“If I do de­cide to run fed­er­ally in the fall of 2019, I be­lieve I would be well pre­pared to rep­re­sent the in­ter­ests of our north­ern re­gion in Ot­tawa,” she said. “I’m se­ri­ously think­ing about it, but this is all kind of new to me.”

Zann said she plans to spend the Christ­mas hol­i­days fo­cus­ing on her fam­ily and then will be pre­par­ing for the start of the next ses­sion at Prov­ince House, set to be­gin at the end of Fe­bru­ary. But early in the new year, she said more thought will be given as to whether she will set her sights on Ot­tawa.

The other as­pect to con­sider, if she does de­cide to seek a fed­eral nom­i­na­tion, is whether to do so as an NDP or Lib­eral can­di­date.

As a long-time NDP sup­porter, Zann said, she rec­og­nizes she has to re­main true to her prin­ci­ples. But those prin­ci­ples are also about how she can best rep­re­sent the area’s con­stituents.

“If I can do that as a Lib­eral rather than an NDP then that is some­thing I would con­sider,” she said.

Zann said she plans to speak with con­stituents and lis­ten to their re­sponses be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion.

“I am think­ing I may be able to do more for our rid­ing, the larger rid­ing, if I was to go fed­eral,” she said.

“I just want to re­it­er­ate that I have not de­cided for sure about run­ning fed­er­ally yet. I may also de­cide to stay put.”

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