Cathy Bennett mulling over Liberal leadership run

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In March, she vehemently denied interest in politics

Cathy Bennett

Business leader and former Nalcor chairwoman Cathy Bennett announced Wednesday afternoon that she’s considering a run for the leadership of the province’s Liberal party.

In response to a blog posting and a CBC report Wednesday afternoon, a spokeswoman sent out a statement from Bennett confirming that she’s thinking about taking a stab at becoming the leader of the Liberals.

“Before making a decision early next week, Cathy will continue to  take some time, alongside her family, to consider the demands that come along with such an important job, and the implications for her family and business,” the

emailed statement read. “Many people from the Liberal party have been encouraging her to pursue the opportunity.

“Should Ms. Bennett decide to pursue the bid, it will be with the kind of focused commitment, passion and dedication that she has demonstrated as a successful business community leader.”

That statement appears to be a change from early March, when The Telegram asked Bennett if she was considering getting into politics.

When she was asked the question, she laughed, and said “No” five times. Then she laughed some more.

In the March 6 conversation she said, “If at some point politics is something that I decide to change my whole life and think about and do, I will give you a heads-up.”

Things are getting down to the wire for the Liberal leadership contest; the deadline to get into the race is July 5th.

Interim leader Dwight Ball has already said he plans on running.

Liberal MHA Jim Bennett and former MHA Danny Dumaresque are considering getting into the race.

Bennett gave a high-profile speech at the St. John’s Board of Trade in February making a call for all-day kindergarten.

She also spoke at the TEDx conference in St. John’s earlier this month, and last November, she was one of the few voices speaking in support of the Muskrat Falls project at a town hall meeting organized by the NDP to discuss the issue.

Bennett is currently the CEO of the Bennett Group of Cos. She served on the board of Nalcor between 2007 and 2012.

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  • Trial Balloon
    June 27, 2013 - 15:06

    Pop! Another Tory trial balloon goes fizzzzzzzz.

  • Torey Nomore
    June 27, 2013 - 15:05

    Another Red Tory bobble-head in sheep's clothing; a Nalcor puppet. Another reason why I can't vote Tory no-more.

  • Alice
    June 27, 2013 - 13:12

    Just finshing reading all the comments...But Scott you forgot about one candidate...The one the Liberal don't like to talk about...And that Charles Murphy...He only asking for one thing...According to his article he had in the paper...Concerning about taking back NL for the people...Everyone in the province of nl...should be supporting him...I will be ..

  • Scott
    June 27, 2013 - 12:41

    Let's look at all the Liberal candidates Ms Bennett ex nalcor chair...restaurants owner...who bought a FRANCHISE from Mcdonalds...Who already had the foundation build concerning the business.. Mr Jim Bennett who can't write is own materials for a new released...To busy being a part time mha. Mr Paul Antle...To busy with his young family...all of a sudden he wants to be premier. Mr Danny Dumaresque...One minutes say the MUSK RAT a good project for Labrador...At the same time telling the rest of Newfoundland...It a bad project... Mr Dwight Ball standing in Marystown telling the people he see a future HERE...BUT IN MY COMMUNITY OF JACKSONS ARM...HE ONLY SEE MAKE WORK PROJECTS...SO MUCH FOR HIS LEADERSHIP

  • Pierre Neary
    June 27, 2013 - 12:28

    I believe Ms. Bennett is a great business person and would make a good candidate for the PC's. I just can't see this being a good fit for the Liberals.

  • Scott
    June 27, 2013 - 12:23


  • Duggan
    June 27, 2013 - 12:22

    Liberals need new ideas and people but this high school graduate fully supports the Muskrat Falls project that the Liberals do not support. Ask Jim Bennett what the Liberal caucus does to leaders who do not represent party values- he still has the knife wounds in his back. Cathy Bennett will have zero caucus support.

  • HELP
    June 27, 2013 - 12:07

    Liberal what the H--L you thinking...Letting this woman run for the leadership of the liberal party...My party was telling the people of NL for years...MUSK RAT FALLS project was a bad deal for the people...Now we have her...Ex chair person of NALCOR...Look like my VOTE will have to go to the NDP...

  • Dirty Politics
    June 27, 2013 - 12:05

    Cathy, don't do it! Politics is a dirty game; you're not corrupt enough to get down in the gutter; stay away. Just look around at the unsavoury characters that politics attracts. Do you want to be associated with that gang? It recruits liars and lawyers, thieves and accountants; and some are the same!

  • NowIsee
    June 27, 2013 - 11:58

    Lol Nalcor in bed with the PC's now and now they might have another shoe in with this one. Good grief!

  • Dianne
    June 27, 2013 - 11:54

    Running a province...Isn't like Mcdonalds Restaurants...This is one way to sink the Liberal Party...EX chair person of NALCOR

  • surporter
    June 27, 2013 - 11:39

    way to go Cathy, you are an outstanding business woman and I'm sure you would run this province the same way. You can do it, and now is the time. The Liberal party needs you.