Northern Peninsula voters wonder what will happen next after local MHA crosses the floor

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RODDICKTON People will just have to wait and see. That’s the sentiment of Roddickton resident Earl Canning in discussing Straits-White Bay North MHA Christopher Mitchelmore’s decision to join the provincial Liberal Party after sitting as an independent since last fall in the House.

Residents polled said Mitchelmore’s popularity probably won’t wane in the area, but as for whether the Liberal Party will serve them better than the NDP, it remains to be seen.

“Hopefully it will (make a difference). I’d like to think it will, but who knows,” said Canning. “He has certainly been a different (politician), I’ve seen him at a lot more functions and talking to a lot more people than the last person so I hope it works out for him and for us all.”

Earlier this week Mitchelmore crossed the floor to join the Liberal Party. The former NDP MHA made the headlines last fall when he, along with other NDP members, demanded a leadership conference of party leader Lorraine Michael, showing he had no faith in her leadership. Speculation ran high after he chose to sit as an independent as to which party he would join but this week he joined the Liberals, which has been polling fairly high numbers after that party’s recent leadership convention.

Most Northern Peninsula residents have long stated that the ruling PC Party has ignored their region’s needs and wants. Canning said if the Liberals come to a place of power, it could be good for the Northern Peninsula.

Brianna Hancock of Roddickton agreed. She called Mitchelmore a supportive politician who may be able to do more with a different party.

“I’m actually glad he (crossed the floor),” she said. “It seems to me that the NDP really don’t have that much power, they really don’t seem that strong.”

Hancock said she hopes Mitchelmore will be better able to bring issues to the forefront, such as medical issues.

“Anything we have to get done, we either have to drive two hours one way or four hours another way,” she said. “I hope he can do something for the area, whichever party he’s in.”

Elsie Reid said Mitchelmore has already helped the area.

“This has already helped us as it is,” she said. “He’s the kind of politician who actually does try to help and calls us back when we call him, so I don’t think changing parties will change that.”

Canning summed it up.

“I think a lot of people voted for the person, not the party,” he said. “But if this helps us, great.”

*** Edited, Feb. 5 *** 

Organizations: NDP, Liberal Party, Progressive Conservatives

Geographic location: Northern Peninsula, PORT SAUNDERS, Port au Choix Western Star Gros Morne National Park

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  • True Liberal
    February 07, 2014 - 12:46

    A good MHA must do more than just attend events in the district....they must work behind the scenes working on issues that affect the people in the district. I personally have not seen this done by Mr. Mitchelmore thus far! And I don't think this will change!!

  • True Liberal
    February 07, 2014 - 12:45

    A good MHA must do more than just attend events in the district....they must work behind the scenes working on issues that affect the people in the district. I personally have not seen this done by Mr. Mitchelmore thus far! And I don't think this will change!!

  • True Liberal
    February 07, 2014 - 12:44

    A good MHA must do more than just attend events in the district....they must work behind the scenes working on issues that affect the people in the district. I personally have not seen this done by Mr. Mitchelmore thus far! And I don't think this will change!!

  • Linda
    February 05, 2014 - 08:49

    Read the same article in the telegram, Maybe there something there to help you out.

  • why these people
    February 05, 2014 - 08:19

    none of these people live in his district; why speak to them; u might as well ask someone in stjohns? yes; u want list liberals from anchor point to lanseauxmeadows; email me; i'll give u big time liberals; long time party backers; not to pleased with DwightBall; never phoned dist; assoc; members once; not a call

  • L
    February 05, 2014 - 08:16

    Could this story be more embarrassing?! The individuals interviewed are from Port Saunders. That is NOT Mitchelmore's district. Did the reporter & those interviewed not realize this. Wow!

  • Former PC
    February 05, 2014 - 06:24

    I wonder where he will run to next if he don't get his own way. I thought we elected an NDP member to represent us ansd our issues not himself and his own agenda. You are plain and simple not to be trusted when the pressure is on and will no doubt look after your own interests above those who gave you the job in the first place. LOSER