Antle to outline his platform next week - Fifth and last candidate to sign up

James McLeod
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Paul Antle (3rd from left)

Less than two hours before the deadline,

St. John’s businessman Paul Antle filed his nomination papers and entered the Liberal leadership race.

Antle is the latest addition to a crowded field — interim leader Dwight Ball, MHA Jim Bennett, former MHA Danny Dumaresque and businesswoman Cathy Bennett have all put themselves forward already.

Speaking to The Telegram Friday afternoon, Antle said he’ll  formally launch his campaign next week.

“There’s a lot of reasons why I want to get into the race and I can easily outline all of those for you next week when we do the full press conference. Right now, this week my focus was just getting through the mechanics of getting the nomination papers in place, making sure my team was in place and ready to go,” he said.

See ‘SOMETHING,’ page A5

‘Something I’ve wanted to do’

Antle ran federally for the Liberals in 2006, and his name has been tossed around as a leadership candidate in the past.

“It’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do. I wanted to put myself out for public service to the people of the province and to the Liberal party,” he said. “I believe that politics, your personal life and your career only intersect a few times in your lifetime, and this is one of those times.”

Nominations closed at 5 p.m. Friday.

Antle, Ball, Bennett, Bennett and Dumaresque now have the summer to sign up members and supporters. In November, party members and supporters will cast their votes and pick a new leader.

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  • I endorse your question P F Murphy.
    July 07, 2013 - 09:08

    We want to have all the facts of this candidate and all the others at our disposal so that we can make our decision based on the honesty of the candidate we choose. We don't want dishonest people governing us and our natural resources. After all these years of waiting to see a great economy established from our great natural resource base and great strategic location here in this province that has eluded us, we need to do it right analyze those who are running and select the person we think will be able to get the job of economy building done. In the past we watched vibrant economies being built elsewhere in the country and in the World from our coveted natural resources, while we languished. We want nothing but honesty this time around and let us make sure we let those candidate running know in no uncertain terms what we are expecting of them.

  • Billy
    July 06, 2013 - 12:42

    An honest person just pays the taxes and does not look for shelters i.e. community minded rich person! ! He is a pretender with something to prove not a contender!!

  • Charles Murphy
    July 06, 2013 - 10:18

    Attention Mr.James Mcleod. If you want to know the true and full story of the leadership race on July 5th 2013 please get in touch with me because I was one of the candidates who had there papers filed as of 4 o'clock on July 5th 2013.

  • P F Murphy
    July 06, 2013 - 08:46

    So what's his position on taxation, the paying of taxes and the use of tax havens. Does he believe that they should be outlawed like the Hells Angels or are they just a prerogative of very rich people. I believe that he should state his position clearly. It is a thing that he didn't mention that is intersecting in his life right now and he should resolve it immediately or back out. I don't think the Liberal Party needs to be coloured with this uncertainty during their leadership campaign. Dumaresque is bad enough.