MacDonald won’t run for Liberal reins

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Businessman Dean MacDonald said today he will not run for the leadership of the province's Liberal Party. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

After more than a year of playing coy, businessman Dean MacDonald announced he won't be running for the Liberal Party leadership.

MacDonald said the timing wasn't right, based in "both personal and business commitments."

MacDonald has been widely seen as a potential frontrunner for the party leadership. He was also central in the Liberal "renewal committee" process.  

In the past year, he's been giving speeches talking about leadership, vision and his ideas for the long term direction of the province.

He continued in that vein today, even as he was stepping aside.

His core message has been that the government needs to focus less on the year-to-year and election-to-election cycle.

MacDonald's speech was delivered at the Conception Bay South Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Organizations: Liberal Party, Conception Bay South Chamber of Commerce

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  • AR
    November 14, 2012 - 22:35

    MacDonald said the' timing wasn't right, based on personal and business commitments'. Cut the crap, MacDonald, you know darn well that if you ran now you'd end up being Leader of the Opposition. If and when the timing looks good, you'll run because, hey, you now don't have any personal and business comitments. lol.

  • observer
    November 14, 2012 - 15:20

    Okay, this clears the way for Ball, Coady, Osborne and Cabana

  • Christopher Chafe
    November 14, 2012 - 14:58

    With Dean not running, we are truly screwed. we all know Kathy won't get back in so that means we will be run by a party that cares more for the welfare crowd. Thank God I am leaving in 2 months.

  • Political Watcher
    November 14, 2012 - 14:00

    I am neither surprised nor disappointed with this announcement; in MacDonald we would have had another form of Williams, not sue if that would have been helpful. Now the Liberals have to seek a srong candidate, get new blood and show the people they are a serious contender. The Tories are on the ropes and if a move is going to be made it has to be now. And NO, the NDP will not form a Government under Michael's; they need a new leader who is more to the center and must cut ties with labour.

  • dan
    November 14, 2012 - 13:24

    He strung everyone along for a year for this?? Oh well I guess its Coady now, don't really matter anyway they are all the same! Just make sure to run some decent candidates and lowly Kent and more other boot licks will be looking for new jobs!

    • Jay
      November 14, 2012 - 14:45

      Here we are again, cutting the legs out from under somebody who has proven to be successful. It's amazing that we can eviscerate somebody who was considering giving something back to the province. No wonder we get stuck with the likes of Eddie Joyce and Yvonne Jones. Why would anybody else do this to themselves?

    November 14, 2012 - 12:52

    Excellent news Now the Liberals can concentrate on someone who is a genuine Liberal and not an opportunist.

  • Marg
    November 14, 2012 - 12:35

    This is very disappointing news.

  • Jerome
    November 14, 2012 - 12:34

    Who want's to be elected leader of the opposition? Certainly not someone of Dean MacDonald's pedigree.

  • Don
    November 14, 2012 - 12:25

    Kathy and her members are now breathing a sigh of relief. 4 more years.

  • Scott Free
    November 14, 2012 - 12:23

    YIPEE! there's enough Danny Puppets in the house now.