Danny Dumaresque running for Liberal Leadership

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There are now four people who have announced their candidacy for provincial leader of the Liberal Party, as former MHA Danny Dumaresque confirmed Tuesday morning that he wants the job.

Speaking before media at the Holiday Inn in St. John's, Dumaresque said his experience in both politics and private enterprise makes him a strong candidate for the job.

A self-professed member of the Liberal Party for 30 years, Dumaresque has spent the last 17 years working in the fishery processing sector. He recently sold a company to the Barry Group.

On Tuesday, he called the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric development a flawed project, and said Nalcor Energy should be subject to the Public Tender Act.

He plans to visit all election districts over the next three months and said the campaign will be an exciting time for the province.

For more on this story, read Wednesday's edition of The Telegram.

Organizations: Liberal Party, Holiday Inn

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Whaddaya At
    July 08, 2013 - 18:14

    Danny Dumaresque ?. Thought he was in the Smithsonian Museum . Obviously not.

  • John in CB
    July 03, 2013 - 13:33

    All the best,Danny. If nothing else, you will stir the pot. I often wished you, Maurice Budgell, Jim Bennett and John Efford would go away. I was looking forward to the Liberal Party being renewed. What happened to young Mark Watton? He offered us some hope, but couldn't stay. The Opposition does not win an election. People get so fed up with the governing party that they elect the opposition...but only if the opposition has a leader they can have confidence in. I don't see much of that with you lot. Won't someone of substance please come forward and help us move the PC's out the door? Most of them stink, but people do hold their noses and vote; e.g., in the case of the federal Conservatives. I'm sure you're a good person, Danny, but from the way you present yourself, you just get on people's nerves. Maybe the backrooms of politics would be a more suitable place for your talents.

  • pc for dumaresque
    July 03, 2013 - 09:48

    Just when it looked like it was all over, hope arrives in form of Dumaresque. Can it be true? Will another Danny come forward to win the day for the the PCs? Will the Liberals snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Where do we sign up to support Dumaresque? Four more years, four more years.

  • good for you
    July 03, 2013 - 05:44

    Congrats Danny for doing what you love to do. It is so easy for people to throw stones, yet they dont have the passion, willingness, commitment, determination, drive to stand up and try to make a difference. If you want to put your name and money and time on the line then I say more power to you. Life is about learning from your mistakes and pushing forward, regardless of the past. You seem to have a great understanding of what is wrong with the current goverment and are willing to stand up to see that changes are made. Willl you win? Well the people will decide that. But I appreciate that your at least willing to stand tall and be accountable.

  • Tony
    July 02, 2013 - 23:50

    I vote pc and will continue to - but correct me if I am wrong... I believe the they called for nominations while Mr. Dumaresque was on vacation. There are still factions in the Liberal party and they better come together if they hope to have a chance in 2015. I admire Mr. Dumaresque for his persistence and loyalty to his party. I don't know why so many people feel the need to bash people on here. No one will ever say he was fickle like Cathy Bennett.

  • Sophie
    July 02, 2013 - 21:13


  • Whaddaya At
    July 02, 2013 - 20:44

    Danny Dumaresque ?. I'd just as soon listen to fingernails scraping across a blackboard.

  • lost
    July 02, 2013 - 17:38

    This guy is almost as bad as Brad Cabanna...How come Brads not running? oh ya cause he knows he wouldnt have a chance.... guess Danny isnt as sharp

  • Jay
    July 02, 2013 - 15:01

    If he's the best that the Liberal party can come up with, they're in deep trouble. He was disliked so much that he couldn't even win his own seat in the strongest Liberal district in the province. It's too bad because I had hoped they'd be able to attract some decent leadership candidates. I can still remember the split that he and Efford caused in the Liberal party when Grimes won the leadership. It's people like him who chased Dean McDonald away, and the Liberals will pay dearly for it in the next election.

    • Eli
      July 02, 2013 - 15:17

      Cripes Jay, you got to be kidding about the Dean McDonald piece. There's an opportunist if ever there was one. Like Cathy Bennett he's a PC in Liberal clothing.

    • Jay
      July 03, 2013 - 08:59

      Eli, You just keep voting for Danny D and the Liberals will stay in the wilderness for a long time.

  • Gekko
    July 02, 2013 - 14:59

    What a bunch of clowns. It's obvious that the more sensible Liberals understand how meaningless polls are, if the Liberals had any real shot at beating the PC's in the next election you would have more talented individuals running for this job. Just because a government is unpopular does not necessarily mean that voters are willing to turf them out, we've seen it happen recently in Alberta and BC where the pollsters were way off. The Tories will be reelected with a commanding majority and the smart people in the Liberal party know it. .

  • John Lynch
    July 02, 2013 - 14:35

    What a buffet of losers!!! So glad that I moved away and don't have to vote for this group of Liberal (???) leadership hopefuls And Cathy Bennett. Only in NL could you get away with what she is trying to pull!!! Just imagine. A Tory and we all know where their polling numbers are right now, suddenly wants a seat oh what is perceived to be he the Liberal bandwagon. And not only a seat but the driver's seat!!!!

  • robert j. "BOB" wall
    July 02, 2013 - 14:24

    Danny please go home or back to school as you are wasting your & all of nfld/lab,s money & time . Give it up "BOY".

  • John Smith
    July 02, 2013 - 12:54

    As someone who supports the PC party of NL, I hope and pray that Mr. Dumaresque gets the nod...it would be the best thing for the PC party, and would assure yet another landslide victory for the PCs. Oh and to know nothing naysayers like Cyril I say don't forget that Danny fully supports development of Muskrat falls...he just thinks that Quebec would be better off with control of the operation than would the people of NL...that's all...

  • Too Funny
    July 02, 2013 - 12:45

    hahahahaha. Even funnier is that there are people out there that think he would make a good premier. I heard on the radio today that he's lost more elections than he's won. Oh yeah, the PCs and NDP must be crying - tears of joy.

  • Duggan
    July 02, 2013 - 12:29

    He's John Efford's lap dog and Efford was a traitor to Newfoundland when we needed him to stand up to Paul Martin on the Hibernia royalty deal. "Dat is da deal, Mr. Williams, take it or leave it." Williams walked and Paul Martin caved in. And John Efford became a nobody.

    • Tina
      July 02, 2013 - 23:52

      haha I would say a guy called Duggan would fit the nobody bill! You are still talking about Efford. I wonder how many times he has mentioned your name - Mr. Somebody! hahaha

  • Don
    July 02, 2013 - 12:23

    All Duraresque is doing is splitting the vote to keep Cathy Bennett from winning .If he really thinks he can win then he is dumber then I thought.

  • Craig
    July 02, 2013 - 12:21

    Danny D lives in Southern Labrador and he had a chance to really test the level of his Liberal support by seeking the Liberal nomination for that district. Instead he let a first timer, Mrs. Dempster, run in the recent election. Why? Danny D says he did some checking to determine his level of support within the Liberal party before deciding to run for the Leadership position. I am willing to bet his question would have read something like this..... "Hello there, this is Danny D calling. If I was the only person running for leader of the Liberal Party and if you absolutely positively had to hold your nose and vote, would you vote for me?" I predict Danny D will get a smaller percentage of the vote than did the PC's in the recent Labrador by-election. Do us all a favor Danny and don't go away mad but please please please please go away!

  • Henry James Whitehorne
    July 02, 2013 - 11:59

    Cathy Bennett was never, is not now, and never will be, a Liberal. She is looking for personal gain and prestige. But true Liberals will not be fooled. Danny Dumaresque is the only sensible choice with experience, ability, and true Liberal ideals. Ideology and politics are as different as day and night.

  • dan
    July 02, 2013 - 11:55

    For the love of the Lord Danny, give it up will you and stop embarrassing yourself. You are so unimportant in this world that you can't see the forest for the trees. If you wanted to run why didn't you run for the seat Lisa Dempster just won?

  • jim
    July 02, 2013 - 11:44

    Cathy Bennett is not even a Liberal! I don't think people will be fooled with the pc government trying to lead the liberal party. Danny William's good buddy... something smells fishy here.

    • Eli
      July 02, 2013 - 14:16

      You have something there Jim. Ms. Bennett while ambitious in her own right, is nothing but a PC plant here. Trouble is if the Liberal back-roomers think she'd be elected they'd back her anyway.

  • Harvey
    July 02, 2013 - 11:43

    Isn't this the same twit who,when Danny Williams was in Ottawa fighting for our rghts under the Atlantic accord, told NLers repeatedly that Danny was wrong, wrong, wrong. Who could ever take this loser seriously?

  • Cyril Rogers
    July 02, 2013 - 11:10

    Danny D. can be arrogant, smug and self-serving but we all need people like Danny who will go out of his way to dig through the BS that we see so often in politics. I am not necessarily saying he would be a good leader of the Liberal Party but he has smarts and has a solid grasp of the Muskrat Falls fiasco. He will at least make it an issue. As for Cathy Bennett, I don't know much about her, but her mundane and clearly misinformed analysis of Muskrat Falls tells me she is not going to challenge the corporate expropriation of our resources that the PC's and their supporters are so desperately trying to accomplish. Under no circumstances should Liberals support this person and I hope they do not endorse this member of the St. John's elite.

    • Kevin
      July 02, 2013 - 14:22

      Right on, Cyril. Cathy Bennett is no true Liberal. Where was she when the party was in the toilet for years and years while Danny W was riding so high? She was donating thousands of $$$ to the PC's and sitting on Nalcor's board for 5 years. She's now merely looking for the opportunity to become Premier, but not only is it about her ego and ambition. She will keep the gravy train flowing for the elite of NL and that is the ultimate purpose here. The polls are up and the opportunists come out! Dean McDonald passed after a tiff in Gander, so now Cathy B is up!

  • jeremiah
    July 02, 2013 - 10:20

    Cathy Bennett is the only viable candidate for the Liberal party leadership and she is the only candidate (so far) who has a chance to form the next govt.

    • Tony
      July 02, 2013 - 11:47

      A recent poll indicates that there is significant support for Danny. He has the full package of political, educational and business expertise. He is the only candidate that has the experience to Lead the Liberal Party to form the next government.

  • Brian
    July 02, 2013 - 09:50

    Too bad that Danny wants to be the leader . iI don't think that the people of the province want him. The Liberals would be better off with him far in the background .. The other candidates seem to be individuals that have something better to offer.