Barry will remain outspoken in bid for PC leadership

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CORNER BROOK  Bill Barry says he won’t tone down his outspoken character in order to win people over as he goes about seeking the leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservative party.

Barry made his bid for the leadership official with a news conference in Corner Brook Wednesday afternoon.

The man who made a name for himself by growing his family’s fishing enterprise into an international entity that now employs more than 3,000 people opened and closed the press conference with the sounds of “Revolution” by The Beatles.

Barry said he has to be himself in order to pursue the job. That means speaking his mind and letting the people of the province know as much as he can about what’s going on in the province.

To that effect, Barry had banners hanging in the hotel ballroom that hosted his announcement which stated “democracy, transparency, accountability, humility” and a “29” with a red stroke through it. The latter symbolized his disdain for Bill 29, the new privacy legislation instituted by the current provincial government.

“Bill 29 is the most undemocratic thing I have seen in my life,” said Barry.

In reference to many other issues, including Muskrat Falls and the $110 million loan government has offered to Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, Barry said he needs to learn more details of what those deals are all about before he can endorse them as being as good as government says they are.

He promised to ask the questions people, including himself, want answers to and promised to relay that information back to the people of the province as best he could.

Barry described himself as a fiscal conservative and a social liberal with a bit of environmental “green” in him. When asked if he had considered running for the Liberal party’s leadership last fall, he said he did but didn’t think the Liberals had the right core of people he felt was needed to govern the province.

He would not say where he would run for a seat in the legislature should he win the Tory leadership race, which is expected to be decided in about four months from now.

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  • Gerald Coleman
    January 29, 2014 - 23:43

    I quite admire Mr. Barry's profile. He's a forward thinker and has managed great success through unfavourable economic periods in NL. He's a do-er. He understands the game and knows how to win. Something to be considered when you compare candidates...

  • Kevin
    January 29, 2014 - 21:15

    Well, Marshall is the 3rd leader since the PC's took power and to think there may be a 4th by the time the convention is over.......BILL BARRY ????? Sure he doesn't even now the name of the province. He says its NEWFOUNDLAND !!!! Mr. Barry. Its Newfoundland & Labrador. History 101....GET THAT STRAIGHT FIRST before you enter the leadership race

  • jargey3000
    January 29, 2014 - 17:30

    bill - just saw u on tv, heaving you hat into the ring. I hate to have to tell ya this, but if your 'handlers' are reading this, you're never going to get elected saying things like "the island of newfoundland" or "the people of newfoundland". ya gotta get yer tongue to say "newfoundlandandlabrador" "newfoundlandandlabrador". oh yeah, and throw in the odd "sustainable".

  • Corporate Psycho
    January 29, 2014 - 17:27

    He's getting the Brad Cabana treatment.

  • Ira Gould
    January 29, 2014 - 16:42

    Stay true to Newfoundland and Labrador. If your motives are self serving you will not achieve victory. Stay true to the people of Newfoundland & Labrador. NO MORE GIVE AWAY. ENOUGH

  • Ira Gould
    January 29, 2014 - 16:36

    Stay true to Newfoundland and Labrador. If your motives are self serving you will not achieve victory. Stay true to the people of Newfoundland & Labrador. NO MORE GIVE AWAY. ENOUGH

  • Ira Gould
    January 29, 2014 - 16:14

    Good luck, stay true to Newfoundland & Labrador first. If your motive for entering politics is self-serving you will not achieve victory. Put all the people of Newfoundland & Labrador first. Too much has been given away in the last 64 years. NO MORE GIVE AWAY. ENOUGH

  • Bill Hickey
    January 29, 2014 - 15:59

    Well it seems like Mr. Barry is the only one in the P C' s to come out swinging about Bill 29. Good for him. It even looks like he has got the current Premier thinking.

  • Bill Hickey
    January 29, 2014 - 15:58

    Well it seems like Mr. Barry is the only one in the P C' s to come out swinging about Bill 29. Good for him. It even looks like he has got the current Premier thinking.

  • SayWhat
    January 29, 2014 - 15:41

    Well..Well..Well. We now know what the Tory Establishment thinks of Bill Barry. Lets stop this loose cannon at any cost. How ironic, the kingpin Tory of Corner Brook upstages Bill Barry's leadership announcement. The Premier could have waiting shuffling the cabinet for a day or two. Nope...Does it on the same day as Bill Barry's announcement. And from what I have seen from photos and tweets from Corner Brook, what prominent tories were not at the announcement.

  • concerned
    January 29, 2014 - 15:07

    If anything Bill Barry will force us to talk about the ballooning government spending, debt, and other fiscal issues facing the province. I look forward to it.

    • Ira Gould
      January 29, 2014 - 16:22

      Good luck, stay true to Newfoundland & Labrador first. If your motive for entering politics is self-serving you will not achieve victory. Put all the people of Newfoundland & Labrador first. Too much has been given away in the last 64 years. NO MORE GIVE AWAY. ENOUGH

  • Fred
    January 29, 2014 - 14:58

    He may win the PC nomination but he'll never become Premier of NL & Lab. People are tired of the old PC style politics of "promise them the Moon to get elected. " We all know Bill Barry stands for nothing but Big Business, mainly his own Big Business. No one but a fool would be fooled by this Con-man.

  • James Taylor
    January 29, 2014 - 14:53

    I think Mr. Bill Barry has enough on his plate and this just leaves me wondering whats in this for him at this stage of his life???