Philip Wood refuses to discuss political intentions

Nicholas Mercer
Published on July 2, 2014
Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood
Photo by Nicholas Mercer/The Compass

For months, rumours have swirled about who would seek the Liberal Party bid in the provincial electoral district of Port de Grave.


Many of them have centered around whether Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood will throw his hat in the ring in a bid to oust the current MHA, Progressive Conservative Glenn Littlejohn, for a seat in the House of Assembly.

Five Liberals — Tony Menchions, Pam Parsons, Lee Efford, Kay Crane and Justin Butler — have publicly confirmed their intent to seek the Liberal nomination.

However, some observers feel Wood might have the strongest chance of unseating the Tories and return the district to the Liberal fold.

A high-profile mayor, Wood was also a respected educator and, as a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, was instrumental in the rejuvenation of the war memorial in Bay Roberts.

A recent Compass editorial sparked some reaction as readers left comments suggesting Wood would be the right person for the job, while others said he was not interested.

When asked about his intentions on Wednesday morning, Wood refused to discuss the matter, saying repeatedly: “No comment.”

No date has been set for a call for nominations in the district, though interest among Liberals is expected to be very high, with the party experiencing a resurgence in popularity in recent months.