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Simms to meet with provincial Liberals regarding leadership future

As word circulated throughout the province Monday that Liberal MP Scott Simms was being wooed to be the next leader of the provincial Liberal Party, the member for Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor was busy with his federal duties in Ottawa.

COME AND SIT – Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor MP Scott Simms will meet with members of the provincial Liberal Party on Wednesday in Ottawa to discuss the possibility of becoming the future leader of the provincial party. The MP said it is only discussions at this point, and he has only agreed to sit and listen to what they have to say.

On Tuesday, in an early morning interview with The Beacon, Mr. Simms confirmed he will be meeting with members of the provincial Liberal Party in Ottawa on Wednesday to hear what they have to say.

“There are a few (Liberal) people coming up to visit to pitch the idea of running and how that would play out, how the strategy would unfold, and how you could consider financing it,” he said, noting he has also received several telephone calls from provincial Liberal players over the past few days.

This is not the first time Mr. Simms’ name has been linked to a move from federal politics to the provincial arena. However, it is the first time he has had formal discussions about it and will participate in formal meetings with the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador on the matter.

“For me personally, it’s an quite an opportunity…one that I have to at least listen to, especially considering when people (who are serious people in the Liberal Party) want to talk to me about being the premier of the province…it’s not every day this is going to happen,” he said. “It’s something I have to look at as an opportunity for me...there’s going to be a lot to consider, but I will listen and evaluate all things.”

"…one that I have to at least listen to, especially considering when people (who are serious people in the Liberal Party) want to talk to me about being the premier of the province..." — Scott Simms

Mr. Simms said, for him, it’s not a matter of what the people he will be meeting with will offer, but what will be feasible, from a number of avenues, for him, both personally and politically.

He said he will have to look at such factors as his financial future, the commitment he has to the people who elected him as their representative in Ottawa, and the commitment he has made to Justin Trudeau in his bid to become the federal Liberal Party leader in the next federal election.

“There’s a lot to consider, and I won’t be taking it lightly, but I think I should at least listen to what they have to say and then evaluate it and decide,” he said. “The big thing to remember is I have made no commitment one way or the other yet…I’m committing to listening to what they have to say…that’s all it is right now — a discussion on the possibility.”

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  • go take a hike
    January 30, 2013 - 09:55

    simms should buy a compass, he his certainly lost when it comes to serving the people of his riding. he as nothing to offer only BLAH BLAH BLAH.

  • Gordon Gekko
    January 29, 2013 - 19:38

    Just listen to this guy: "Me, me, me". Most politicians interested in a high-level leadership position will at least pretend to have some sort of vision or ideas. This guy Simms is straight-up admitting that he's only in it for himself. Take a hike, pal. Liberals, keep looking.

  • Don II
    January 29, 2013 - 16:06

    The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador is desperate and has drained the talent pool dry. Perhaps Scott Simms can forecast (pardon the pun) the economic future of the Province better than anyone else. Perhaps he can perform a great impersonation of Joey Smallwood or Brian Tobin! Perhaps he has the huge ego that is required to be a Premier of Newfoundland! What real qualifications does Mr. Simms possess that makes him suitable to be the Premier of Newfoundland? I look forward to watching Mr. Simms perform after he has announced his intention to return from Ottawa where he is an obscure and barely visible member of the unofficial opposition to save the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Province itself! Been there, seen that! Look out, we may be in for a repeat of the purge and binge of the Tobin glory days! All that is required is to dole out the patronage, throw around lots of non repayable Grants, fire public servants that the PC's hired or appointed, give out lots of contracts to political cronies, expropriate some land from a company or citizen that some lobbyist wants for his own project, announce that you are building a bridge from Port aux Basques to North Sydney and away you go!

  • Remember Don Jamieson
    January 29, 2013 - 14:20

    I have a name that both Scott Simms and Gerry Byrne need to remember: Don Jamieson. Don came back to lead the provincial Liberals from a very successful career in Ottawa, only to have it all go down in flames very shortly after taking the job.

  • moosehunter who won't vote for him again
    January 29, 2013 - 11:56

    simms got enough time in now to collect that fat pension, so he is not worried about anything but himself. he flip-floped on the gun registry puting his own selfish liberal party ahead of the people he his suppose to represent. its time for him to move on federally and join his other circus.

  • Happily Retired
    January 29, 2013 - 11:20

    The province is going down the tubes. We have the worst premier in the history of confederation, and this is the best we can do. At one time I actually thought the Liberals had a fighting chance to win the next election. Since then, they've chased away Dean MacDonald, and are now scraping the bottom of the barrel for Scott Simms. The NDP are starting to look like an option.

  • Near Bankruptcy
    January 29, 2013 - 11:07

    2013 marks 10 years since the Roger Grimes Liberals lost the provincial election. They have yet to pay off the election debt from 2003. Ten years later and still in financial chaos. Why would Scott Simms give up a $165 thousand a year job to come back and take over that financial mess? It costs just over a million bucks to run a serious provincial campaign and the Liberals have less than 2 years to raise that in addition to their current debt problems.

  • Happily Retired
    January 29, 2013 - 11:07

    The province is going down the tubes, we have the worst premier in the history of confederation, and this is the best the Liberals can do. Maybe the NDP is not so bad after all.

  • Barry
    January 29, 2013 - 09:53

    Stay where you are Simms, you just don't have enough of what it takes to win the leadership of the province !!!