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CORNER BROOK Bill Barry, chief executive officer of Barry Group Incorporated, is expected to announce he will walk away from his familyâ€™s fishing business to pursue a career in politics Wednesday.
The Corner Brook businessman, whose family has been involved in the fishery since the mid-1850s, said last week that he was seriously considering a run for the leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservative party.
He has said he will leave the running of Barry Group Inc. to his family if he were to become involved in politics.
Barry, 61, has scheduled a news conference for the Greenwood Inn and Suites in Corner Brook for Wednesday afternoon, at which time he is expected to officially throw his hat in the ring.
The leadership became up for grabs when former premier Kathy Dunderdale unexpectedly announced her resignation last week. Tom Marshall, the Tory legislature member for Humber East, has assumed the role of interim premier until the PC party can find a new permanent leader.
While she is no longer premier, Dunderdale has not resigned her seat as an MHA, so any new leader coming from outside the PC caucus â€” such as Barry would be â€” would not immediately have a seat in the House of Assembly.
Under provincial legislation, a general election must be called within one year of a premierâ€™s resignation.