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Straits-White Bay North MHA Christopher Mitchelmore, left, was joined by Liberal MHA Eddie Joyce during his announcement that he is joining the provincial Liberal party.
Following months as an independent, Straits-White Bay North independent MHA Christopher Mitchelmore says he’s looking forward to being a part of a team again.
“The message of co-operation is one that I’ve been trumping since 2011,” Mitchelmore said during his public announcement that he’s joining the Liberal Party this morning. “I will be joining a team that has experience and ideas and offers an alternative to this province to create a better Newfoundland and Labrador.
Sporting a red tie and flanked by Liberal Bay of Islands MHA Eddie Joyce, Mitchelmore said he feels being Liberal can further his district because of similarities in issues with the neighbouring Liberal Straits and Cartwright to L’Anse-Au-Clair districts.
“We can have a stronger united voice,” he said.
Naming the air ambulance relocation, a school closure, lack of services, along with other cuts and consolidations, he says joining the PC Party was not an appropriate choice.
“These types of decisions are poor policy decisions and it’s something I’ve been opposing for quite some time, and I will continue to oppose,” he said.
Public feedback played heavily into his decision, Mitchelmore said, citing recent surveys of his constituents to help guide his political decision.
“I’m looking forward to be a part of a much larger party to focus on all of the issues, rather than just be one independent.”
Joyce, who joined Mitchelmore at the Grenfell Interpretation Centre in St. Anthony, said the Liberal Party never pursued Mitchelmore, and talks of him joining the party only started last week.
“We knew from public accounts and dealing with Christopher, he’s not there just to get a headline, he’s there to help people out and that’s what I’ve noticed in him since he first started,” he said.