In March, she vehemently denied interest in politics
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.