Trinity-Bay de Verde MHA and Finance Minister Charlene Johnson is the latest high profile Progressive Conservative politician in this province to publicly endorse leadership candidate and Corner Brook businessman Frank Coleman.
Finance Minister Charlene Johnson
In a news release issued today by Coleman's camp, Johnson and Mount Pearl North MHA Steve Kent, who is the Minister of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, were presented as supporters of the leadership hopeful.
“Charlene and Steve represent the young members of the PC caucus and I look forward to working with them to engage the youth of our province on public policy issues that impact them,” said Coleman.
As finance minister, Johnson said she supports Coleman’s approach to fiscal management.
“I see in Frank a leader who understands the importance of fiscal stewardship and achieving balanced budgets while at the same time ensuring we are addressing the social needs of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” Johnson is quoted as saying.
Kent said he is encouraged by Coleman's commitment to having an open and transparent government, which would implement all the recommendations of the committee reviewing the province’s Access to Information and Protection of Privacy (ATIPP) legislation.
Coleman is one of three residents of the province's west coast hoping to win the leadership of the PC Party and become the 12th premier. The others include Bill Barry and Wayne Bennett.
PCs will assemble in St. John's on July 5 to select a leader.