Three more seek­ing Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion for Bon­av­ista-Burin-Trin­ity

Churence Rogers, Larry Guin­chard and Dale Foote con­firm in­ten­tions to seek MP role

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - THE PACKET WITH FILES FROM COLIN FAR­RELL

BON­AV­ISTA-BURIN-TRIN­ITY, NL — While the nom­i­na­tion date has not yet been set, three more in­di­vid­u­als have con­firmed they are seek­ing the Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion for the fed­eral rid­ing of Bon­av­ista-Bur­inTrin­ity.

Af­ter MP Judy Foote’s res­ig­na­tion last month, po­ten­tial can­di­dates have been ac­quir­ing sig­na­tures and sign­ing up del­e­gates in prepa­ra­tion for a Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion, which would lead to a by­elec­tion for the va­cant seat.

Churence Rogers, mayor of Cen­tre­ville-Ware­ham-Trin­ity, held an of­fi­cial event in the Bon­av­ista Bay North com­mu­nity last Thurs­day.

Rogers, who was also mayor of Har­bour Bre­ton from 19972003, served as pres­i­dent of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties NL for four years.

“Dur­ing my term, we made sig­nif­i­cant gains for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties by suc­cess­fully ne­go­ti­at­ing a new fis­cal frame­work ar­range­ment with the pro­vin­cial govern­ment that in­jected mil­lions of dol­lars an­nu­ally into mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across NL,” he said in a re­lease.

Rogers listed his roles and ac­com­plish­ments, in­clud­ing serv­ing as pres­i­dent of the Lib­eral Party of NL and di­rec­tor for the Lib­eral Party of Canada from 2000-2003.

“I would be hon­oured to be a part of our Lib­eral team in Ot­tawa as the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for the Bon­av­is­taBurin-Trin­ity fed­eral rid­ing.”

Larry Guin­chard of Gar­nish on the Burin Penin­sula is also throw­ing his hat into the ring for the nom­i­na­tion.

In a press re­lease is­sued last week, Guin­chard says as a long­time Lib­eral sup­porter and or­ga­nizer, he is pleased to an­nounce his can­di­dacy.

“My time liv­ing and work­ing in this amaz­ing area of our prov­ince has pro­vided me a deep un­der­stand­ing of the is­sues of the rid­ing.”

Born and raised in Flower’s Cove on the North­ern Penin­sula, Guin­chard is a for­mer ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tant to for­mer min­is­ters Ed Roberts, Aubrey Gover and Paul Dicks. He has also or­ga­nized both pro­vin­cial and fed­eral cam­paigns for the Lib­eral Party.

He is cur­rently em­ployed as di­rec­tor of pro­cure­ment and busi­ness ser­vices with the New­found­land and Labrador English School District, and lives in Mount Pearl.

Fi­nally, RCMP Staff Sgt. Dale Foote has also con­firmed his in­ten­tion to run for the Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion.

Foote, who is from Burin, says he of­fers a voice for the peo­ple of the Burin Penin­sula.

“Th­ese peo­ple need a voice and they want to know they have some­body they can trust and that they’re com­fort­able with,” he said. “I’m not say­ing the other can­di­dates don’t have that to of­fer, but they’re not known to the area, and they’re not known to the rid­ing as well, and that’s why I think I’d make a good can­di­date.”

Foote said through his work with both the lo­cal RCMP and his pre­vi­ous sta­tion in Port Aux Basques, he has worked closely with mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils to help bring their con­cerns to the lo­cal de­tach­ment. He said he has also sup­ported their ef­forts to bring an ad­dic­tions treat­ment fa­cil­ity to the area, un­der­stands the need for in­creased cell phone cov­er­age on the penin­sula, and met with coun­cils on drug is­sues and com­mu­nity is­sues— pro­vid­ing a link be­tween the RCMP and the area.

“I spend a lot of time talk­ing to…and meet­ing with the may­ors, and the coun­cils. I’ve done that over the past three years and it’s been very ef­fec­tive be­cause the con­cerns of our com­mu­ni­ties are be­ing heard by the po­lice.”

Both Pete Soucy and Merv Wise­man have al­ready ex­pressed in­ter­est in the seat ear­lier this month.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Larry Guin­chard.

FACE­BOOK PHOTO

Dale Foote.

FILE PHOTO

Churence Rogers.

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