Dean MacDonald addressed members of the St. John's Board of Trade at a luncheon in St. John's today.
MacDonald said business people need to speak up and make themselves heard more active in politics.
He suggested that they don't for fear of negative consequences from the people in the government.
"I don't think we should be ashamed of ourselves in any way, shape or form, to be advocates for what we believe in," MacDonald said.
MacDonald is widely seen as one of the most likely candidates to be the next leader of the Liberal Party. He's said he's considering it.
Some of the comments MacDonald made seemed directly aimed at Premier Kathy Dunderdale, saying there are problems with leadership, and the government direction in the past year or two.
More coverage in Saturday’s Weekend Telegram print edition.