Withers says he’s not going to be lieutenant governor

James McLeod jmcleod@thetelegram.com
Published on February 5, 2013
Vince Withers
Submitted photo

Vince Withers laughed when The Telegram asked him if he’s going to be the next lieutenant-governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“If I am, I’m the last one to know about it,” he said.

Just after noon today, VOCM News sent out a breaking news alert saying that Withers was going to be the next Lieutenant Governor, replacing John Crosbie whose term expires this year.

“VOCM News has it on good authority that the province will soon have a new Lt. Governor. Vince Withers is the name being bandied about,” the news alert from VOCM said.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has a public photo opportunity at 3:15 p.m. this afternoon in Ottawa, and rumours started to circulate that it would be to announce Withers as the new lieutenant-governor.

Withers founded the Eating Disorders Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and has been very active in the community.

When The Telegram reached him around 1:30 p.m., Withers said he’s got  other plans this afternoon.

"I have a meeting now and I’m giving a talk about twenty minutes from now, so unless somebody gets to me pretty quick, they’re going to have to pick somebody else."