Dwight Ball wants to represent Humber Valley, again

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Dwight Ball

DEER LAKE — Dwight Ball says he is in it for the long term.

The 54-year-old Deer Lake resident is seeking the nomination to represent the district of Humber Valley for the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador in this fall’s provincial general election.

Ball sent out a tweet about his intention Monday morning.

It’s not the first time the pharmacist and businessman has run in the district.

Ball won a February 2007 byelection and in that fall’s general election lost the seat to Progressive Conservative Darryl Kelly.

“You know I look back at the 2007 experience to be a positive one,” said Ball. “I enjoy doing it and you know I’ve been involved in the community in lots of other things in the last four years and you know the energy is still there to do it.”

When he lost in October 2007, Ball said it was pretty much back to work for him, but he was still active in the party.

“I made the commitment to the party a long time ago to stay involved and do what I could.”

He said when the new year came his focus changed and has been approached by a lot of people asking him to run again.

If successful in the nomination, Ball will have role to play in helping the Liberal party rebuild.

“My role certainly first of all will be winning the district and then it will be to position the Liberal Party either as a strong opposition or certainly as a government, whatever the people decide in October.”

Ball said politics in the province has lacked a balance in the last few years.

“So, in that case it really doesn’t matter if it’s a Liberal government or a PC government,” he said. “I get the sense that people would rather see stronger opposition no matter what party it is.

“In the next four years we’re going to see political changes in many areas and so whatever role I can do there to encourage people to be more involved, that’s what I see myself doing.”

Ball said the issues he plans to focus on are Muskrat Falls, health care and affordable housing.

“And certainly lots of other issues that will surface now in the next few months as we meet and chat with people.”

Nominations for the district opened on Friday and will close at noon on Wednesday.

Nomination forms can be submitted to the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, Suite 205, Beothuck Building, 20 Crosbie Place, St. John’s, NL, A1B 3Y8.

For more information contact the party office at 754-1813 or by email at info@nlliberals.ca.

Organizations: Liberal Party

Geographic location: Humber Valley, DEER LAKE

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  • boyd gavin
    March 27, 2013 - 13:06

    You got my vote.

  • Dwight Ball
    June 28, 2011 - 14:17

    Hi Eric, first of all I do support the development of Muskrat Falls and indeed all of the Lower Churchill, but for the benefit of Newfoundland and Labrador, also I do support the replacing dirty energy with green, but I also what to make sure before we add billions of dollars to our debt we have explored all of our options, I am not prepared to mortgage our future based on the current assumptions and the information we have in front of us and youre right opposition's role is to improve the debate and make sure people like you are informed and in a position to understand the impact of decisions that affect all of us...I encourage you to keep asking questions...keep in touch...Dwight

    • hi dwight
      June 29, 2011 - 11:41

      that ball is fast; he may just yet get elected; but he just spewed out the same old liberal line on muskrat falls; we are for it; not against it; we just dont like it; (i guess liberals just against the deal not being another giveaway to QUEBEC, like joey smallwood did; tobin wanted to do; and grimes tried to do; all disasterous deals; if they went through dwight you should stick to looking after old people and making a fortune off them along with your buddy brakes and others making a wicked living off seniors; i dare say you knows a lot more about that; than any Muskrat Falls Deal

  • eric
    June 28, 2011 - 10:45

    If the liberals have publicly stated they would scrap the muskrat falls deal if they get in goverment. How can anybody run for a party that is against replacing dirty energy with clean, renewable energy that will supply the province's future energy needs, plus any excess power can be sold to outside markets. He would have a better shot runner for the NDP. A strong opposition is not one that only critizes and complains and is more concerned with making a political party look bad isntead of genuinely focusing on the issues and improving debate. If the liberals get more seats in the next election, it certainly doesn't necessarily mean the opposition has gotten any stronger.

  • speedy
    June 28, 2011 - 08:56

    Good Luck Dwight, if i lived in your district you would get my vote.

  • a name candidate
    June 28, 2011 - 07:35

    the liberals only true "half a chance" shot at a district besides jones' in lab; and buddy up in st.anthony; other than that; the liberals are just a bunch of names on a ballot; funny this fellow running again; with all his money; he must think of himself as another danny williams; A PREMIER IN WAITING or something aint gonna happen; LIBERALS DONT HAVE A CHANCE; UNTIL at least 2015 or 2019; and then a very slim one unless they get some quality high rate people to run; and YES A LEADER; not a former independent candiate who wasnt allowed to join the party even after she one a seat as a defeated LIBERAL nomination candidate; results this Oct 11th; 45 PCs; 2 LIBs; 1 NDP;