Dumaresque to run in The Isles of Notre Dame

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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.

Geographic location: Notre Dame, New World Island, Change Islands Twillingate Newfoundland and Labrador Eagle River Baie Verte-Springdale

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Recent comments

  • OMG
    August 23, 2011 - 12:46

    It's like the Liberals don't want to win an election. Doesn't the Liberal party know that Dumaresque is going to cost them votes in other ridings. People who may have voted Liberal are going to turned off at the idea that this guy being an MHA. This is the same guy that Yvonne beat out when she ran as an independent in Labrador, do you know how hard it is to lose to an independent. This is the same guy that Grimes would not have in his government. The electorate is always looking for change in the right direction and this Liberal party has been taking Tory cast-offs and retreads. Forget the old guard and their old ways and bring in some real new blood.

  • macky
    August 23, 2011 - 06:29

    All of the members of the district association must be related to Dumeresque or they must have put illegal substances in their corn flakes. Everybody knows that Mr. Dumeresque is toast.

    • W McLean
      August 23, 2011 - 15:00

      And another.

  • Mr. Dumaresque knows what Newfoundlanders and Labradorians want
    August 23, 2011 - 06:15

    I don't understand why everyone is against Mr. Dumaresque running for political office in his own province. As far as I can see this man is an upstanding citizen. Mr. Dumaresque certainly can't be any worse than any of the other politicians whom we elected, over the past 62 years of being part of Canada, where each and everyone of them had an insatiable sense of ENTITLEMENT to our natural resources simply because they choose a job of representing the people of our province and they weren't satisfied with their basic salary, they wanted to be the secondary beneficiary of any resource they developed under their rule. The Entitlement Politicians developed one or other of our natural resources then they saw to it that some other entity in some other jurisdiction of Canada became the primary beneficiary AND THEY got their piece of the pie from their legacy resource, besides their high paying job as a politician. I hope the message that JACK LAYTON sent to us posthumously in his letter released yesterday will resonate with would-be and current politicians, that is to build a Just, Honest, Fair and Loving Society, not only in our own country but the Whole World. Corruption has to go, there is no place in society for Criminal Activities, and when politicians choose to develop the peoples resources and appoint them in a manner where the people who own them are the underdogs, That is Pure Corruption! The Telegram should set out to clear this man's name.

  • W McLean
    August 22, 2011 - 21:52

    Oh look: four totally-spontaneous comments from folks who don't give their real full names, and mis-spell "Dumeresque" the same way.

    • John
      August 23, 2011 - 07:49

      Where is your full real name?

    • W McLean
      August 23, 2011 - 14:59

      Right before the time stamp, "John".

  • Bill
    August 22, 2011 - 16:44

    After all these years how come the Telegram can't get it right, it's Fogo Island, not Fogo.. It's like rewriting this story and saying "The Isles of Notre Dame is an area on the Northeast coast of the island, including Fogo, New World, Change and Twillingate. what happened to the word Island. It's like calling Bell Island, Bell, Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward.... Fogo is a community, not a Island. Fogo Island includes Fogo, aswell as other towns like Seldom, Joe Batt's Arm, Tilting, etc. It's almost sounds like he is running in Fogo and not the rest of the towns, amateur Journalism to say the least, not just with this issue.

  • No one wants poor Danny
    August 22, 2011 - 14:12

    He was an incumbent Liberal MHA who lost his seat when Brian Tobin got the largest majority in Newfoudland history to that time. He lost in Torrngatt Mountains. He indicated 19 months ago he was interested in running in the Goose Bay seat but the Liberals there didn't want him. And now he is going to run in Fogo. Take the hint Mr. Dumeresque, you are no longer electable.

  • Give Mr. Dumeresque a chance.
    August 22, 2011 - 13:51

    Give this man a chance! Given what we all know of how politics work in this province, that being we have been royally shafted by every politician who ever was elected to represent us, I am sure Mr. Dumeresque knows we are not going to put up with being shafted by our politicians ever again. I sincerely think that Mr. Dumereque is most capable of taking on the challenge of the fishery and will decide to do it better than anyone else, that is forte. So far in my memory no one has challenged Ottawa on Custodial Management of the fishery, the resource which we passed over to them for maintenance was instead utilized by Ottawa as the enabler to garner International Trade Contracts for the exchange of surplus Canadian Agriculture and Manufactured goods for Central and other parts of Canada and as a result, it broughtthe fish resource to almost extinction in our waters. To Sum Upp: All politicians who decide to run in this election should be well aware that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are not going to put up with the corrupt way politicians of the past operated, where they worked solely for themselves and they truly thought that the people's natural resources belonged to them to do what they liked while they were the active government. From this day forth we need to know what their platforms are based on and that the fishery and the hydroelectric resource should be prominent on their platforms. The only way we are going to get ahead economically here in this province is if we have politicians who are going to operate in an honest and diligent manner on our behalf. We are not putting up with free loaders ever again and their corrupt ways. If they are seen to be not performing then we will bring it to their attention.

  • Political watcher
    August 22, 2011 - 13:20

    Why I will not vote for the Liberals; after seeing how Tobin used us and the subsequent leadership fiasco, I lost all faith in this party. They have to recruit new blood and get rid of the old guard and seeing Dumeresque run tells me nothing has changed.

  • bill
    August 22, 2011 - 13:04

    OMG...this is almost laughable. Just when i thought the Liberals might be making a little head way, with Dumeresque running in the Isles of Notre Dame, they look more pitiful than ever. When Dumeresque says "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,” ...it shows they are very desperate to just fill their slate of candidates. I must go pick myself off the floor from laughing.