Clarence Cantwell. — Telegram file photo
A little more than a month after declaring he would run against Bill Barry if nobody else would, Clarence Cantwell is now putting his support behind the fisheries tycoon.
The young Corner Brook man said in February that no man should go uncontested in a leadership race. At the time, he also said if he saw no candidate that he thought could do a better job than himself, he would run. He also blasted Barry’s ideas around the privatization of Nalcor and education and health care systems.
Cantwell would eventually fall short of the signatures required to run in the race for Conservative leader. Now, he is saying Barry is the man for the job.
He said Barry invited him into his home, and the two spoke for two and a half hours.
“There are so many people in the province I talked to, they keep saying they want something different, they want change, they want new ideas, a person who is going to help the people of the province,” he said.
“The person who is not going to put issues on the backburner and confront them, out of the three candidates running, I think Bill Barry is the one who is going to be able to do that.”
Cantwell admits he judged Barry on a preconceived perception. As for those issues of privatization, the young man seems to have hesitantly had a change of heart — at least in concept.
“His ideas are sound,” he said. “They are to the point and precise. None of the other candidates have had good points about trying to get this province moving forward into the future. I believe he is the man who could do it.”