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TC Media—Deer Lake
Dwight Ball deflected the threat of those running against him Friday and embraced the competition for the Liberal leadership .
The Humber Valley MHA will face candidates Jim Bennett, Cathy Bennett, Paul Antle and Danny Dumaresque in the bid to become provincial party leader.
“The competition is always healthy and you need a race to bring attention to the Liberal party,” he said of the candidates running against him, following his announcement to run for the Liberal leadership at the Deer Lake Motel Friday morning.
“I know all the candidates personally from the past and I certainly welcome them to the race.”
Ball said he is looking forward to seeing the positions his opponents will take during the debate on the issues facing the people of the province.
“It also gives us the opportunity to present the united party to the province
so that we can be the next
government of Newfoundland and Labrador,” he said.
Friday’s gathering started with Bay of Islands MHA Eddie Joyce taking the podium in support of Ball, followed by MPs Gerry Byrne and Yvonne Jones.
Byrne mentioned Ball is responsible for “laying down the foundation,” which he said is now a “solid house.”
Byrne was also vocal in expressing his confidence Ball will become Newfoundland and Labrador’s next premier.
Jones highlighted Ball’s business career and dedication to helping employ those with disabilities within his businesses.
See REVOKING, page A5
Revoking Bill 29 part of Ball’s platform
As Ball spoke from the podium — as well as following the meeting — he was adamant to address Bill 29 and his goal to have it revoked. Bill 29, which concerns privacy within government, prevents the public from having past access to certain information. Ball said he believes this is not what he nor his party stand for and said if his opponents do not act on the changes then they are going to miss the mark.
Ball said he brings well-rounded experience to the table — ranging from business to volunteer and community-minded groups — which he feels his experience can be used to build the Liberal Party.
“Most people refer to me as someone who is willing to listen, as kind of a straight-shooter, but can be decisive when decisions had to be made,” he said of his time serving as leader of the official opposition.
Ball said it can be hard to satisfy everyone with the decisions that are made but he suggests that sharing information and clarifying why these decisions are made can make life easier on both the political party as well as people of the province.
“I want to be that leader to take the Liberal party into the next election because we want to be the next governement of Newfoundland and Labrador because people are talking about change,” said Ball.
The Western Star