Danny Dumaresque — File photo
While not selected as Liberal leader, Danny Dumaresque will be making a run for a seat as a Liberal MHA in the upcoming election.
“I have decided to accept the invitation of the district association and the invitation of the leader to run in the Isles of Notre Dame,” Dumaresque has told The Telegram.
The Isles of Notre Dame is an area on the Northeast coast of the island, including Fogo, New World Island, Change Islands and Twillingate. Dumaresque said his focus there will be the fishery.
“I have been making a living from the fishery now for the last 16 years. I have built an international seafood processing and marketing company. Certainly, there are many issues in the fishery that I believe have been sorely neglected by this government and our leader, and our party, wants to put a focus on the fishery because it is so important that we have a fisheries policy of the 21st century and we do something that’s going to be able to sustain rural Newfoundland and Labrador.
“I believe my skill set in this industry prepares me well to be a representative in this district. It is basically 80 per cent dependent on the fishery and there’s more to be done to make sure the industry is sustained and it’s around for a long, long time to come — well after the oil money has left the ground.”
He said he would be looking for a modern-day fisheries policy “that is sorely missing” under the Dunderdale government.
Dumaresque was MHA for Eagle River (now Cartwright- L’Anse au Clair) from 1989 to 1996. While it had been suggested he might run in the Baie Verte-Springdale area in the upcoming election, he said the fact nominations were not called there, paired with a leadership change and subsequent discussions within the party, changed his course.