Lib­er­als ex­press in­ter­est in Hazel­ton

NSNU pres­i­dent queried by Grits about Cum­ber­land-colch­ester nom­i­na­tion

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY HARRY SUL­LI­VAN

The fed­eral Lib­er­als have reached out to the pres­i­dent of the Nova Sco­tia Nurses Union ( NSNU) as a con­sid­er­a­tion for nom­i­na­tion in the Cum­ber­landCol ch­ester rid­ing for next year’s elec­tion.

Janet Hazel­ton, who has served as NSNU pres­i­dent since 2002, con­firmed to the Truro News this week that she had been ap­proached by the fed­eral Lib­er­als.

“Just see­ing if I’m in­ter­ested…” she said.

“I re­ally haven’t thought too much about it. I have a job that I quite like. And to be hon­est I’m not sure.”

Hazel­ton, who lives in Bi­ble Hill, said it is not un­usual for to her to be asked to run as a can­di­date for the area prior to an elec­tion.

Dur­ing the last pro­vin­cial elec­tion, Hazel­ton said she had been ap­proached by all three main par­ties, al­though so far, only the Lib­er­als have ex­pressed in­ter­est for the 2019 elec­tion.

“I think about it ev­ery time but I have not made a de­ci­sion,” she said.

Ha­zle­ton is the sec­ond per­son to ac­knowl­edge hav­ing been ap­proached by the Lib­eral Party on the prospect of putting their name for­ward for nom­i­na­tion as the rid­ing’s can­di­date.

Lenore Zann, the NDP MLA for Truro- Bi­ble Hill- Mill­brookSal­mon River, pre­vi­ously con­firmed she had also been ap­proached by both the Liber- als and the NDP dur­ing a re­cent trip to Ot­tawa.

“The truth of the mat­ter is, both par­ties have ex­pressed an in­ter­est in me run­ning in the next elec­tion,” she told the Truro News in an ear­lier in­ter­view.

“So, ba­si­cally what I’ve said is, ‘thank you and I’m hon­oured and I will think about it.’”

Zann has served as Truro-area MLA for al­most 10 years.

And while she said she is still happy in her cur­rent role, the in­vi­ta­tion to con­sider a run for a fed­eral nom­i­na­tion is in­trigu­ing.

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

Bill Casey, cur­rent MP for the Cum­ber­land Colch­ester rid­ing, has said he will not be re­of­fer­ing when the 2019 elec­tion is called.

To date, the only per­son to pub­licly ex­press an in­ten­tion to run for the rid­ing’s Lib­eral nom­i­na­tion is Casey’s for­mer chief of staff and Truro lawyer Joel Hen­der­son.

Janet Hazel­ton

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