Danny Breen is running for the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, but last year, he signed up as a Liberal supporter as part of the Liberal leadership race.
Breen said he wasn’t actually a supporter of the party, he just signed up so that he could vote.
“I didn’t support the Liberals last fall,” he told The Telegram this week. “There was lots of PCs signed up for the Liberal leadership race.”
But it’s difficult to see how it’s possible to square running as a PC candidate with signing up for the Liberal leadership.
Voting in the Liberal leadership race was open to anybody in the province who signed up as a party member or supporter.
In total, the party signed up more than 37,000 supporters across the province during the leadership race that ran from July to November 2013.
Anybody who signed up to vote had to support the aims and objectives of the Liberal party.
In fact, to complete the sign-up form online, you have click a box that says, “I hereby certify that I support the aims and objectives of the Liberal Party of NL.”
Breen clearly doesn’t support the aims and objectives of the Liberal party, because he’s running for the Tories trying to beat Liberal candidate Cathy Bennett in the district of Virginia Waters.
According to the Liberal party constitution, one of the aims and objectives of the party is “to promote the election of party candidates in provincial and federal elections.”
An added wrinkle to the whole situation is that Breen was signed up as a supporter by former Liberal MP Siobhan Coady.
Coady endorsed Bennett when she was running for Liberal leader, and she was working with Bennett’s campaign.
Breen said he’s on the Royal St. John’s Regatta Committee with Coady.
“Siobhan asked me to sign up, so I signed up,” he said.
When The Telegram caught up with Bennett and requested a comment, she was reticent to speak about the situation, but said, “Maybe he has the same concerns about his party as I do.”