Mitchelmore could change parties in 2014

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Chris Mitchelmore

DEER LAKE — Straits-White Bay North MHA Christopher Mitchelmore could change political parties in the new year.

Back in October Mitchelmore, along with NDP MHA Dale Kirby quit the party caucus to sit as independents after the two politicians signed their names to a caucus letter demanding party Leader Lorraine Michael agree to a leadership convention in 2014.

Mitchelmore said in January he will be surveying his constituents on the Northern Peninsula to find out what they want.

“I’ve been knocking on a lot of doors and receiving emails and messages,” said Mitchelmore. “So far people seem to be supporting me whether I stay as an independent or join another party ... it’s something I’ll have to balance in the longer term.”

In the meantime, he said, there are issues to be advanced in the area for the new year, such as broadband and cellular communication, which today, he said, should be a must for tourism.

“People visit L'Anse aux Meadows and they don’t have service, they can’t get on Twitter or Facebook with their phones and show their friends what they’re seeing,” he said. “That’s something I think we need to work on this year.”

The Straits-White Bay area also needs to focus on its local health-care system, Mitchelmore said, which he called a continuation of 2013.

“We’ve had to deal with resignation of surgeons and a lack of echo-cardiogram services,” he said. “We had a health care-centre scheduled to open in 2012, but it (still hasn’t opened) and we need to find out the status of that for the new year.”

Mitchelmore said he’ll also be keeping an eye on local economic benefits that may come out from the Muskrat Falls project. He said there are a few local people already working in the Shoal Cove area, and he’ll be watching for more opportunities throughout the New Year.

“I still have a lot of questions still when it comes to the economic viability of Muskrat Falls, but I’m hopeful there’ll be local economic benefits in 2014,” he said.

“I’d like to see a lot more documentation, especially around the financing.”

Geographic location: DEER LAKE, Muskrat Falls, L'Anse Shoal Cove

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  • Gord
    December 31, 2013 - 16:39

    This man was elects on the coat tails of Ms Michael, From all of her hard work. everyone in his district know he having don't anything, Now he hoping to join the liberals. But if I was Mr Ball, I would say no. And build the party without any turn coat.

  • concerned
    December 31, 2013 - 16:12

    Murphy, Mitchelmore, Rogers and Kirby you will pay in 2015 for what you done. It's not what you done ,its how you done it. Voters won't forget. You are not too be trusted.

  • jackie adey
    December 31, 2013 - 14:14

    always knew he was going to switch party's!! LOL

    • Rod Lyver
      January 01, 2014 - 11:45

      I disagree Jackie. With the NDP gong show we saw a few months ago it became clear that their leader was in over her head. I understand that five or six executive members have quit as well, some citing the decision of some to vote Kirby and Mitchelmore out of the NDP party. He was booted out and really has no other choice. He is well respected in his district and will have no problem winning the seat no matter what party he is with. Maybe you can arrange for the NDP to parachute a candidate in as this is normally the case. Happy New Year!

  • Pauline
    December 31, 2013 - 06:14

    Some bull coming from this guy, He already got his mind made up, about what party he planning on joining, just like Tom Osborne. Liberals are becoming a party of rejects.

    • Jerry
      December 31, 2013 - 09:16

      Pauline, get over it. The day of the Progressive Conservatives is coming to a end. Thank God. Mr. Mitchelmore can do no harm in joining the Liberal Party after all theirs an excellent chance they will form the next government and he may get better results for his constituents and the district at the end of the day. It would be a smart move.

    • Rod Lyver
      December 31, 2013 - 09:49

      Sounds like sour grapes even before the end of the Tory dictatorship. DW bailed and left the PC's in the very capable hands of KD. (sarcasm Pauline) All things must come to an end. Thankfully Tory rule is next.