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Jordan Stringer believes the most important thing now for the New Democratic Party in Newfoundland and Labrador is getting beyond the Avalon.
“Getting good candidates in place,” said the party member and former candidate.
Stringer said that’s something that has been important for several years. But beyond that, Stringer said public relations is also important.
“Obviously what happened last fall was unfortunate and not handled properly,” said Stringer in reference to the caucus revolt that called Lorraine Michael’s leadership into question.
Stringer had intended to attend this past weekend’s NDP convention in St. John’s, but was unable to due to a work-related commitment. During the convention members voted against holding a leadership convention and Stringer said what happened was pretty much what he had expected.
“My understanding is that it was going to be a vote on whether or not there needs to be new leadership,” he said. “So what happened is what I expected.”
Stringer declined to say which way he would have voted had he been in attendance.
“Seventy-five per cent of the voters were in support of Lorraine Michael and if that’s the way the vote went, I stand behind my party,” he said.
But not everyone feels the same way. Former candidate Tony Adey said Tuesday he felt new leadership was needed and that happenings at the convention added to feelings he had that the party is not practising what it preaches. He’s since revoked his membership in the party.
Adey ran in the Bay of Islands in 2011 and Stringer in Humber West and the two worked closely together.
Stringer said Adey is entitled to his own opinions and beliefs.
“I think he needs to do what he feels is best for him and if he feels the NDP party is right now not what aligns with his views, I guess that’s what he needs to do,” Stringer said.
For Stringer, sticking with the party is what he needs to do.
“Obviously just because things are in a rough spot right now doesn’t mean that just because things got rough I’m going to run away from the party,” he said.
“Like any party, like any organization, there’s the ebb and flow, there’s the ups and downs ... and you kind of just have to ride the waves.”
Stringer said he’s going to stay strong to what he believes in and what he believes the party believes in.
“In terms of core political perspective nothing has changed for the NDP. The party continues to have my support and unless something changes from where we are right now, it will continue to get my support,” he said.
“Maybe there are things beyond what I know and what I’m hearing that would change my opinion, based on everything that I know and that I’ve read and that I hear, nothing has changed for me.”