Right de­ci­sion

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run­ning just like he (was) call­ing dogs.”

She added she never lost sight of that dur­ing her ca­reer, “be­cause you are tak­ing chances and you don’t know some­times if you’re go­ing to be able to make ends meet… so small busi­ness has al­ways been im­por­tant to us, to the penin­sula, to the prov­ince, and to the coun­try.”

Kind com­ments

Foote told the South­ern Gazette fol­low­ing the event she was hon­oured by the trib­ute she re­ceived from the Cham­ber of Com­merce, and ex­cited to at­tend the event.

“It’s more of what’s been hap­pen­ing since I an­nounced I was step­ping down, first as the min­is­ter and then as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment,” said Foote

“Peo­ple have been so kind – the com­ments that have been com­ing from not just my rid­ing, but the prov­ince and the coun­try show how much peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the work you do.

“So tonight was a bit over­whelm­ing, but th­ese are peo­ple that I have rep­re­sented for over 20 years, so they’re like fam­ily.”

Foote said leav­ing pol­i­tics was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion, but in the end, it was right.

“I have com­plete peace of mind that I made the right de­ci­sion and I am where I need to be – close to my fam­ily.”

When asked if the chal­lenges her fa­ther faced as a small busi­ness owner makes her pas­sion­ate about small busi­nesses, Foote agreed.

“I lived it,” she said. “I know how dif­fi­cult it is for any­one in small busi­ness to make a go of it, and it takes a lot of de­ter­mi­na­tion and hard work. I am al­ways fight­ing for the un­der­dog.”

Foote also com­mented on the com­pe­ti­tion for the Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion for the rid­ing of Bon­av­ista-Burin-Trin­ity, with five po­ten­tial can­di­dates vy­ing for the nom­i­na­tion so far.

“I have en­cour­aged them all,” she said. “I think they’re to be com­mended for step­ping up to the plate, for putting them­selves for­ward and I com­mend all of them.”

Foote has not per­son­ally en­dorsed any one in­di­vid­ual.

“It’s not my place to do that – it’s their place to speak to those who can vote and to con­vince them that they’re the best can­di­date,” she said.

“I’m just so pleased there are so many peo­ple ... who want to do this job, which for me has been an in­cred­i­ble pro­fes­sion and one that I will value for­ever.”

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