Sam Slade will face off against Jamie Korab for Liberal nod
After just getting re-elected to the position of mayor in the Town of Carbonear, Sam Slade has made a major shift to provincial politics.
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Donned in a red jacket, Sam Slade announces his intent to seek the Liberal nomination for Carbonear Harbour Grace.
At least that’s what he hopes.
Slade announced this afternoon in front of some 40 supporters — which included former Victoria mayor Arthur Burke, Carbonear Deputy Mayor George Butt and Victoria councillor Glenn Clarke — he will be seeking the Liberal nomination for Carbonear-Harbour Grace in the race for the MHA seat, which was recently vacated by Jerome Kennedy.
“It’s about the people,” Slade, who wore a bright red jacket to the announcement, states. “It’s always been about the people.”
He repeated this statement several times, emphasizing he will run a clean campaign, “the same way he always has.”
Slade has been a municipal leader in the town of some 4,700 people for the past 20 years, and for eight of them he has served as mayor.
This will be his first attempt at a provincial seat, and has chosen to run as a Liberal because of his “longtime support” for the party.
Slade believes the province will see a givernment "as red as (his) coat" in the next provincial election, and would like to start it off by allowing the people of the region to vote for him in the upcoming byelection, which has yet to be called.
In a very strong statement, Slade said he has personal spoken with members of the district who believe they have fallen through the cracks of the provincial system, especially health care.
He relayed a story of a family who has been denied coverage for medication that has been deemed necessary and called it “unfair.”
“Kathy Dunderdale, please, please, please make it about the people,” Sam exclaimed. “This government has to start investing its oil revenue in other areas, and not just in Muskrat Falls,”
His speech was followed by a strong round of applause from his supporters, before he opened up the floor for comments and questions.
One local woman told the audience she had never supported politics, but would support Slade.
“Whenever I call, even if the answering machine picks up, I know I am going to get a call back,” she said.