Parsons feels things are looking up for his party and his district

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Andrew Parsons

PORT AUX BASQUES — Andrew Parsons and his fellow Liberals made significant gains in the past year, but the legislature member for Burgeo and Lapoile says the focus now has to be on continuing to drive that upswing in the coming year.

Parsons said the Liberal party has to build on positive developments like byelection wins, plucking veteran Member of the House of Assembly Tom Osborne from the independent seats, gains in the polls and the official establishment of Dwight Ball as leader.

“The good thing we have now is momentum,” Parsons said in a year-end interview.

“That’s something we didn’t have before.”

With Liberals getting back on their feet federally, Parsons said the party is seeing more people getting interested in helping out or even running in future elections.

“Some things are out of your control, but the important thing is to take advantage of those things that are,” he said.

Parsons is also feeling confident about his district.

The former Atlantic Seaboard Industries Ltd. metal fabrication building on the Port aux Basques waterfront is now in on the offshore oil and gas industry after years of sitting idle.

Talon Energy and Fleetway Facility Services are using the building as part of a major subsea fabrication project related to Husky Energy's White Rose Extension.

“There’s work going on there now and these are new jobs in town,” said Parsons. “That’s very positive and something people have been looking to for years and years.”

Throughout his southwestern Newfoundland district, the most consistent issue Parsons hears about is the need for road work. That, along with 24-hour snowclearing on the highways throughout the region, are going to be issues he will be pushing in 2014.

With Marine Atlantic being the largest employer in Burgeo, LaPoile district, Parsons will be sure to keep pressing for the federally-operated Gulf ferry service to be the best it can be.

“Even though it’s federal, I still think it’s my job as the member for Port aux Basques to keep at that,” said Parsons, adding that there are also important issues regarding the provincial ferry service to be addressed in the coming year.



Organizations: Tom Osborne, Atlantic Seaboard Industries, Talon Energy and Fleetway Facility Services Husky Energy Marine Atlantic

Geographic location: PORT AUX BASQUES, Burgeo, Southwestern Newfoundland

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  • Ben
    December 30, 2013 - 16:48

    Mike...You are obviously not in the province if you think a majority of the Liberals have integrity. Eddie Joyce has to be the worst person to ever serve in the HoA, Tommy Osborne is an opportunist, Jim Bennett has to be the most stun person to ever walk those floors, and even Lisa Dempster is so cocky that she can just fit her head through the doors. Yeah lots of integrity there! You complain now but the crowd you are bragging about have nothing to offer.

  • Pauline
    December 30, 2013 - 15:44

    @ Mike, is that what you call its, integrity, Just to complain, and yet not to present the liberals plan. Mike the liberals were in power for years, and the district young Andrew is a mha in. Is the same district is father represent at one time, And if the liberals was in power today, people still would be leaving home looking for work.. all because they just don't know what to do. as for you coming home, come on and help build our province, or are you more like the liberals? just like to blow wind...LOL

  • Mike
    December 30, 2013 - 11:40

    To Pauline and Scott, What you both have to understand, and what Andrew Parsons won't say, is that the largest distinction between him and the majority of the PC MHAs is that he has integrity. His leader and the the other liberal MHAs (including Eddie Joyce) have far more integrity than their counterparts in the Tory gov't. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until 2015 for Andrew and the NL Liberals to form the gov't and prove my point, but the province and your riding will be better off once they are in power. I might even return to NL once the Blunderdale tories are ousted.

  • Paul
    December 30, 2013 - 10:47

    ABC. Anything but PC......

  • Scott
    December 30, 2013 - 08:33

    No Andrew, I like to hear what did you do for our districts? Besides complaining about the PCS. Or is your ideas some what like Mr Bennett concerning the fishery? Or is it like Mr Ball ideas, concerning Jacksons Arm, make work project follow by starvation.

  • Pauline
    December 30, 2013 - 08:13

    LOL...Really, Mr Parsons. explain to the people, what did the liberals do to grow new jobs in your district? Never mind trying to take creditor for companying coming in and sitting up. If you call this momentum, don't say much for the liberals plans concerning the people.