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Pete Soucy confirms ‘bold step’ decision to seek Liberal nomination in Bonavista-Burin-Trinity

Pete Soucy at the Clarenville Inn on Monday, Oct. 2.
Pete Soucy at the Clarenville Inn on Monday, Oct. 2.

CLARENVILLE, NL — Sporting his best Liberal red tie, Pete Soucy stepped into the room at the Clarenville Inn on Monday, surrounded by supporters, MHAs, businesspeople, volunteers, and family.

With an announcement at the podium he made it official — Soucy is officially seeking the Liberal nomination for the federal district of Bonavista-Burin-Trinity.

Soucy called the career move a “bold step” with big shoes to fill to replace MP Judy Foote, who resigned this past week.

“She has been our champion for a long time and raised the bar extremely high,” said Soucy to the crowd.

He was introduced by local businessman and former political candidate Roger Jamieson, who will be serving as his campaign manager.

Soucy is best known as a performer and radio talk show host, but has also tried his hand in politics before, having run for the provincial Liberals in 1999.

He says once he heard Foote was stepping down, he immediately thought about the position.

The potential nominee cited many different areas of importance in the district in his speech, including seniors, affordable housing, environment, fishery, aquaculture, and rural economic activity.

“Our fishery is still vital — it always will be,” he said in his address.

Soucy also thanked his family and supporters, including MHAs in attendance — Carol Anne Haley of Burin-Grand Bank, Mark Browne of Placentia West-Bellevue, and Betty Parsley of Harbour Main.

Soucy shakes hands with local supporters.

While he doesn’t currently live in the region, Soucy says he has before and has a great understanding of the district. His wife is from the area, and Soucy says he would consider moving to the district if successful in his bid.

“In short, I’m ready to move forward with great energy and optimism on this adventure … I am ready to be the next member of parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity.”

When asked about the fate of his alter-ego — comedic character “Snook” — Soucy joked that Snook reached out to him and told him “he would happily retire.”

As for what’s next, Soucy doesn’t know when the nomination date might be, but in the meantime, he plans to continue talking to constituents and travelling around the district.

“It’s a different process for the nomination. It’s a matter of seeking the federal Liberal members and, of course, encouraging more to become federal Liberal members.”

 

jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

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