© Geraldine Brophy
Bill Barry acknowledges the crowd gathered at the Greenwood Inn and Suites in this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, file photo from when his announced that he would be seeking the leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservative party. Barry pulled out of the race this morning.
Bill Barry has pulled out of the PC leadership race.
In an email issued this morning Barry announced his decision to withdraw.
“After serious personal reflection I have decided to remove myself from the leadership race for the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador,” it reads.
Starting with a mention of a rocky start, “some of it self inflicted,” Barry said his access to inner party support was placed in question.
“During recent weeks and the announcements by eight cabinet ministers that I could not be considered as a possible choice to lead any of them calls into question why I would continue,” he said.
“As of now not a single member of caucus has seen fit to place support in my direction. I am encouraged to continue but I have to ask ...Why would I and why am I being encouraged?”
Barry said he has always stated that the message is more important than the job, however, he has reached the conclusion that his sincere message is not well received.
“Again it’s simply possible that my delivery does not match what people are accustomed to, or my message of concern for our future appears to fly in the face of many recent policy decisions. I fully stand behind all my stated positions as a candidate.”
Barry said he finds it difficult to have people offering him support and encouragement when the final outcome is preordained.
“It’s less than interesting for me to play against a stacked deck. In private business I could always affect my own odds and I choose this engagement after my short political experience.”
Barry said his heart is no longer in the process.
“I am not a status quo guy.”
He said “change; renewal and reality need to be the basis of our future provincial agenda.”
Barry said he plans to return to his private business life and wished Frank Coleman and all the party leaders well.
“As usual I will always have strong opinions .... am available to share anytime. My views will hopefully stay non-political and be based on common sense and experience. The way I see it.”