District Liberal association not told about Mitchelmore joining the party

Adam Randall
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When MHA Christopher Mitchelmore announced he would join the Liberal Party on Tuesday, he done so without the knowledge of the Straits-White Bay North Liberal Association.

Mitchelmore, sporting a red tie, shakes hands with constituents as he enters the Grenfell Interpretation Centre, in St. Anthony, to announce he’s joining the Liberal Party. — TC Media file photo

The association provides grassroots support and fundraising for area Liberals.

The group’s president, Kaye Gilbert, said she was never asked to attend or asked how the association felt about bringing Mitchelmore into the Liberals.

“As president I wasn’t consulted,” she said. “I never received a call, an email or anything otherwise stating that this was happening. It was a lack of communication on the part of the provincial party.”

Gilbert didn’t know if others in the association had been contacted, as she wasn’t able to reach the other four members before deadline.

One other member — who didn’t want to be identifed — said no contact was made.

Gilbert strongly believes the association should have been told.

“They are always talking about grassroots, and all these little Liberal associations are the ones on the ground doing the grass roots work for the provincial Liberal Party,” she said.

“I’m not saying anything bad about Christopher Mitchelmore at all, but to me there should have been enough consideration to even just notify us that this was happening.”

She also noted the association had been notified about other happenings in the past.

“I don’t know how this is going to play in things now, we haven’t even been introduced to Mitchelmore as our new MHA,” she said. “We would have to sit for a meeting to discuss.”

Mitchelmore may have some competition when the call for nominations is made.

For some time Jerome Ward, special assistant to Liberal MP Gerry Byrne, had expressed his interest in seeking the Liberal nomination for the next election.

Ward said he wasn’t shocked that Mitchelmore joined the Liberals, but always felt that anyone crossing the floor to join the Liberals, no matter the party, should sit independent for the remainder of the term being served and seek the nomination for the next election — the same as anyone else.

“I’m so busy with everything that is going on, on the Northern Peninsula with Gerry’s riding, I haven’t given any great thought to what is unfolding (with Mitchelmore),” he said. “From Day 1 I said I was interested in the nomination. I’m still interested in the nomination. When the time rolls around, things unfold and nominations gets called, Jerome Ward could very well be there.”

Organizations: Liberal association, Liberal Party

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  • Observer
    February 16, 2014 - 18:27

    Oh Liberals…careful…you are getting a snake who turned on his own party…if the Straits White Bay North knows what's good for them they'll toss Mitchelmore to the curb…what credentials has he got…businessman, as he calls himself, look more closely at the student businesses he has run into the ground…the guy is excellent at spin…don't buy it.

  • Mary
    February 09, 2014 - 13:28

    To (observer) maybe the journalist forgot to use the word (had) before done,common mistake,that could explain it.

  • david
    February 09, 2014 - 13:07

    When people smell a new empire, they'll all pull out the knives to protect, or maybe carve themselves out a bigger piece. Newfoundland's political pendulum seems clearly to be swinging to the other side...but it is just a mirror image. Different cast, same BS.

  • Mark
    February 08, 2014 - 07:52

    So they gained a turncoat and ailenated their longstanding local association at the same time. Not very smart in my view. If the liberals think they can coast to victory in the next election they are wrong.

  • Robb
    February 07, 2014 - 18:47

    I would not trust these jokers for a minute. They were all over the PCs for just about everything, but turn around and do a bunch of crazy things themselves. And the biggest joke of all was the defectors saying they wanted to join the liberals, but hey don't worry, we have not lost our ideals. What a load. These are traitors\turncoats, period. Anyone who would vote for one of these jokers must not care about their vote, as they never know which party it will end up in.

  • Ambrose
    February 07, 2014 - 17:06

    @ Robert---Liberal don't smell blood of the PC's, But their own..LOL..When Mr Ball took in four turncoats. Just ask the people of deer Lake..LOL

  • GerryB.
    February 07, 2014 - 15:54

    Wow .... If this is any indication of how things work within the Liberal Party then the future doesn't augur well, or promise to be encouraging, for those who are trying to find a different level of respectful leadership within the Party.. So Mitchelmore joins the Party, becomes the District's Liberal Party MHA but doesn't communicate his intentions to the District's Liberal Association. From an elected, staunch MHA representative of the NDP, to Independent, to non-elected Liberal MHA, and the latter transacted without notice to or input from the Liberal umbrella group on the Northern Peninsula. If this is all factual, it is as distasteful and repugnant as any act of political fornication might be. If their vision is so myopic, that the repercussions of executing the conversion of the MHA, without appropriate consultation and communication with the District Representatives, does not show up on their futuristic screen, then does that not leave one to ponder the dumbness of the act. Little wonder we are such skeptics of politicians and political parties. I wonder if the same scenario was duplicated in the move of the other elected members who crossed over from both the NDP and the PC to join the Liberals. Just to add a touch of humour, maybe the Party should choose Dolly Parton's favourite old country tune, "My Coat of Many Colors" as their theme song for the next Provincial Election Campaign.

  • DOB
    February 07, 2014 - 14:39

    I think this just shows the lack of respect for women..........apparently Mr. Mitchelmore does not feel it necessary to keep a woman in the loop, she is only the president after all!!!!

  • Illbilly Dwight
    February 07, 2014 - 14:07

    You're only as good as the people around you and Dwight Ball has not made a single change to the Liberal office staff or executive board. That's why things like this appen.

  • Observer
    February 07, 2014 - 13:24

    Mr. Randall, you need to correct your grammar. ".....he done so....." might be acceptable everyday usage for you but ".....he did so....." is correct English. One expects higher standards from a journalist with, we assume, a quality education. Simply unacceptable, Telegram editors.

  • Fred Bayman
    February 07, 2014 - 12:53

    Looks like Dwight Ball and the liberals have their very own Bill 29 !!! lol...ha ha....

  • kevin
    February 07, 2014 - 12:30

    The RLP or Recycled Liberal Party will only be interested in people leaving other parties and may not be interested in new blood. That being said Jerome may have to join NDP or PC party first and then get a free ticket to the RLP

  • Robert
    February 07, 2014 - 12:00

    I've heard it said that sharks can detect a drop of blood in the ocean some 20 miles away! No doubt the Liberals smell PC blood but will they get to enjoy the spoils or not?

  • Crazy
    February 07, 2014 - 11:23

    LOL, People remember what Mr Ball said about being transparent. Power to the Zebra party. As for Mr Ball repealing Bill 29. We the people got a first hand look at Bill 29 put into action by Mr Ball, Best is yet to come. You think its hard with PC's, you haven't seen anything yet. Just ask Mr Ball about the in fighting going on in the party.