Byrne sees advantages to running provincially

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Liberal MP says he won’t run against Coleman in Humber East byelection

Gerry Byrne

Gerry Byrne says he definitely won’t be running in Humber East against Frank Coleman in a byelection.

However, the Liberal MP is giving “really strong consideration to running provincially” in a Corner Brook seat in the 2015 provincial general election.

To narrow down just what district in which he’d seek the nomination, Byrne said it would be either Humber West or Humber East.

The question of whether Byrne was planning to make the switch from federal to provincial politics arose again last week after the Liberal Party of Canada announced it had concluded nominations in three Newfoundland and Labrador federal ridings.

Liberal incumbents Scott Andrews, Yvonne Jones and Scott Simms will all be on the ballot — Andrews in the new riding of Avalon, Jones in Labrador and Simms in the new riding of Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame.

When contacted to find out why his name wasn’t included in the list, Byrne said only three of the seven ridings in the province have completed the nomination process and it had nothing to do with his future plans.

“That’s not unusual at all,” he said, noting nominations will continue, not only over the course of the summer and fall, but also into the spring of 2015.

The next provincial general election is scheduled for October 2015, but Frank Coleman has to call an election within a year of taking over as premier. Coleman will be confirmed as PC leader on July 5, but has yet to say when he’ll take over.

Byrne said he’s not ready to give up on federal politics just yet.

“I’ve made a commitment to stay the course,” he said, adding he would not cause a federal byelection at a cost of about $500,000 to taxpayers.

“I really, really don’t have a strong appreciation for those that jump in and out of politics or political office for their own convenience or for their own ambitions,” he said.

“If you’re going to sign up for something, sign up for it and stick with it.”

So why make the switch from federal to provincial politics?

“It’s about how do you effect positive change for your constituents?”

He said there are some serious issues at the local level — the new hospital in Corner Brook, the economy of western Newfoundland — that he feels there has been no strong representation on coming from the current provincial Progressive Conservatives.

And he said the provincial PC adminstration has also decided not to engage in any federal issues such as Marine Atlantic and the Qalipu enrolment process.

“I don’t see this necessarily as being a move from federal politics to provincial politics as leaving behind the issues that are so important to me.”

In fact, he said it’s the opposite.

“Until we get a government in Confederation Building in St. John’s that is actually prepared to stand up and speak to these incredible concerns the people of western Newfoundland have, we will not be getting very far.”

Byrne said if he makes the transition to provincial politics he would be a member of the Liberal team lead by Dwight Ball and could help make a productive bridge between a Liberal government in Newfoundland and Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals.

 

 

Organizations: Liberal MP, Liberal Party of Canada, Marine Atlantic

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Humber East, Corner Brook Humber West

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  • no Bill and Hillary
    May 07, 2014 - 12:41

    When the PC's were high in the polls under Williams and the Liberals were low in the polls Gerry wanted nothing to do with the Provincial Liberal party. He would not even support Liberal candidates and got made at those around him when they tried to help the Provincial Liberals. Now the Liberals are high in the polls and suddenly Byrne wants to join them. 5 bucks says he runs in Humber West, not Humber East where he actually lives, as he will see Humber West as an easier victory for himself. OPPORTUNIST. And rumours of his wife running...I pee myself with laughter.

  • Rowena Park
    May 07, 2014 - 07:43

    If Mr. Byrne was going to any good for this part of the province, he's had plenty of time.Anybody can talk but action is needed with some positive results. My personal opinion is if Mr. Byrne does run provincially it will be for his personal gain( two pensions on retirement instead of one.)

  • Rowena Park
    May 07, 2014 - 07:41

    If Mr. Byrne was going to any good for this part of the province, he's had plenty of time.Anybody can talk but action is needed with some positive results. My personal opinion is if Mr. Byrne does run provincially it will be for his personal gain( two pensions on retirement instead of one.)

  • Charles
    May 06, 2014 - 16:42

    Mr Byrne, I'll say its plain and simple, You sir are full of B/S. Has for you or any of the provincial liberals building our economy , This also go for the pcs along with the NDP. Ye don't have a clue where to start, to build our province back to life, The reason most of our rural community are dying, because of people like yourself. make false promise to the people, then once votes in, the hell with everyone for a few years, then once more back with false promise, Sad thing people keep falling for the same thing.

  • george p b
    May 06, 2014 - 15:02

    Any advantages Gerry Byrne sees to running provincially has to do with "taking care of number one"....IMHO Gerry has had his run...It's time for fresh blood, not a recycled federal back bencher...Byrne has had his snout at the taxpayers' trough for too long...Go earn an honest living Gerry....

  • Jim Foss
    May 06, 2014 - 14:19

    Gerry Byrne says: "I really, really don’t have a strong appreciation for those that jump in and out of politics or political office for their own convenience or for their own ambitions" Seriously? Is this guy on glue? It is blatantly obvious that he is only considering a provincial run now because: - He would have lost to Tom Marshall - He may have lost to Frank Coleman - A 2015 run is safe - He's maxed out his federal pensionables - His buddy Dwight will give him a cabinet seat Gerry Byrne: Newfoundland's biggest career politico. What has he even done for us here on the west coast? Zilch. He sure is lucky that generations of "I voted Liberal because my granny told me to" are still around... those days are getting shorter.

  • John
    May 06, 2014 - 11:34

    I really would like to see Gerry Byrne run in the next provincial election. Bring it on Gerry.....

  • Dave from NL
    May 06, 2014 - 11:01

    Looking for a good reason to switch from Federal to Provincial polatics? Two pensions are better then one. Is Gerry taking a lesson from Mr. Tobins' playbook?

  • A true politician
    May 06, 2014 - 07:37

    It's true, career politicians really do have jelly for spines. Byrne wouldn't challenge Marshall because he knew he couldn't win. He won't go up against Coleman because he's a afraid he may not win. He's looking for an easy win. And then he throws his mentor, Tobin, under the bus by criticizing those that make political jumps when the opportunity arises.

    • george p b
      May 06, 2014 - 14:52

      scrape beneath the surface & you will find Gerry Byrne & Coleman are "bidness buddies" eh....

  • Pete
    May 06, 2014 - 07:16

    I'm sure this has nothing to do with changes to MPs pensions that would see Gerry lose a ton of money if he runs for re-election.