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Local Liberal Association president wasn’t consulted about Mitchelmore joining party

Local Liberal Association president wasn’t consulted about Mitchelmore joining party

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When MHA Christopher Mitchelmore announced he would join the Liberal Party, on Tuesday, he done so without the presence of the Straits-White Bay North Liberal Association.

The Association provides grassroots support and fundraising for area Liberals.

Following up with the group’s president, Kaye Gilbert, she said she was never asked to attend or how the association felt about bringing Mitchelmore into the Liberals.

“As president I wasn’t consulted,” she said. “I never received a call, an email or anything otherwise stating that this was happening. It was a lack of communication on the part of the provincial party.”

Gilbert couldn’t confirm that others in association might have been contacted, as she wasn’t able to reach the other four members before deadline.

One other unnamed member confirmed for the Northern Pen that he/she wasn’t contacted before the decision either.

Should they have been? Gilbert strongly believes so.

“They are always talking about grassroots, and all these little liberal associations are the ones on the ground doing the grass roots work for the provincial liberal party,” she said.

“I’m not saying anything bad about Christopher Mitchelmore at all, but to me there should have been enough consideration to even just notify us that this was happening.”

Adding, the Association had been notified about other happenings in the past.

How it’s going to affect the relationship, Gilbert couldn’t say.

“I don’t know how this is going to play in things now, we haven’t even been introduced to Mitchelmore as our new MHA,” she said. “We would have to sit for a meeting to discuss.”


Still interested

Mitchelmore may have some competition when the call for nominations is made.

For some time Jerome Ward, special assistant to Liberal MP Gerry Byrne, had expressed his interest in seeking the Liberal nomination for the next election.

Ward said he wasn’t shocked that Mitchelmore joined the Liberals, but always felt that anyone crossing the floor to join the Liberals, no matter the party, should sit independent for the remainder of the term being served and seek the nomination for the next election – the same as anyone else.

Will he still be a contender come nomination time? It could very well be the case.

“I’m so busy with everything that is going on, on the Northern Peninsula with Gerry’s riding, I haven’t given any great thought to what is unfolding (with Mitchelmore),” he said. “From day one I said I was interested in the nomination, I’m still interested in the nomination. When the time rolls around, things unfold and nominations gets called, Jerome Ward could very well be there.”

Organizations: Local Liberal Association, Liberals Party, Straits-White Bay North Liberal Association

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  • Barb
    February 08, 2014 - 15:03

    Sorry, But has far as Mr Ball is concern, its nobody business but his own, If he want to take in turncoats. Can anyone remember that song. ( You haven't seen nothing Yet ) ? That just around the corner...LOL..

  • Ben
    February 07, 2014 - 10:15

    Surprise, surprise!! Where is all the openness from Ball? Talk is cheap...apparently!!!