Cantwell ready for another run at Progressive Conservative leadership

Cory Hurley cory.hurley@tc.tc
Published on June 19, 2014
Clarence Cantwell. — Telegram file photo

Clarence Cantwell says he’s not a quitter.

It was a disappointment for the young Corner Brook man earlier this year when he fell short of his quest to enter the Progressive Conservative leadership race because he did not secure the required number of signatures.

With first Bill Barry pulling out of the race, and Frank Coleman withdrawing just this week, the search for a new party leader has been reset.

Cantwell is looking to seize the opportunity.

He is now the vice-president of the Conservative Bay of Islands district association, and had intended to run for that district in the next provincial election.

But before that, he is focusing on the leadership race again.

“I don’t really like what I am seeing at the moment in this province and the political scene,” Cantwell said. “Neither do the people of this province.”

He said there is a need for a new view and perspective in politics in this province.

“I have learned over the years, if you are not successful at something once, you just don’t give up,” he said. “You pick yourself up and keep going for it.”

The Conservative party must move into the 21st century, he said, with a fresh face at the helm.

“There needs to be change,” Cantwell said. “The people want it.”