Duff says NDP endorsement of O’Leary unusual

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Deputy mayor Shannie Duff said she was surprised by NDP leader Tom Mulcair’s endorsement of Coun. Sheilagh O’Leary for mayor of St. John’s.

Speaking to The Telegram during a tour of the Bay Bulls Big Pond water treatment facility — for a regional initiative to promote water conservation — Duff said she sees the endorsement as being unusual. Municipal politics in Newfoundland and Labrador, she said, typically remains a non-partisan affair.

Duff said she personally avoids fundraisers of all parties so as not to associate herself with one over another. “It could cost,” she said of associating with a particular party.

“I mean you have your own opinions, you vote whatever way you like, but I thought I’ve never heard before of an official endorsement. I imagine there’ll be some chit chat about that at the council meeting tonight.”

Asked about sitting mayor Dennis O’Keefe: “I don’t know if Dennis is running,” Duff said.

For her part, O’Leary has laughed off the endorsement, saying she has yet to make any decision on her mayoral candidacy.

In his speech at a Saturday night NDP fundraiser, Mulcair referred to O’Leary as, “one of the most extraordinary politicians I’ve met in a long time.”

“I promise you I’ll be back, of course, many times to Newfoundland and Labrador, but I’ll really promise you I’ll be back to make sure that Sheilagh O’Leary is the next mayor of St. John’s,” he said.

Read the original report on the event featuring Mulcair here.

The next mayoral election for the City of St. John’s will be elected in 2013.


Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Holden
    May 15, 2012 - 07:27

    Dennis is probably safe. Residents of Sin John's apparently love flip-floppers.

  • Peter
    May 15, 2012 - 07:08

    Personally i think O'Keefe is doing a fine job. If i were Dennis i wouldn't worry too much about Sheila O'Leary. Just keep doing your own thing.

  • Wm. Murphy
    May 15, 2012 - 06:35

    and this from a women who ran for the Tory's in the mid 80's. Won her seat, attended fundraisers, wore PC buttons. I guess Duff must think that people forget about these things. What a piece of work!

  • ABCDennis
    May 14, 2012 - 16:53

    O'K is not OK.

    • Christopher Chafe
      May 14, 2012 - 20:06

      While O'K is not OK........SOL means that St. John's would be well you know

  • Donald McA
    May 14, 2012 - 15:39

    Actually, identifying party affiliations is the norm in most western democracies. In Canada, however, we *pretend* that there are no such affiliations. I suppose those moaning about Mulclair and O’Leary would be just as outspoken about Harper’s unabashed support for Rob Ford in Toronto.