Ball wants healthy competition for Liberal leaderhsip

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Dwight Ball

By Adam Harnum

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

Organizations: Liberal Party

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Bay of Islands MHA Eddie Joyce

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  • Greg
    July 09, 2013 - 05:59

    IF THAT STATEMENT WAS ONLY TRUE...CONCERNING A HEALTHY COMPETITION...THEN I CAN SEE ME VOTING FOR THE LIBERAL...THE LIBERAL LEADERSHIP RACE ISN'T ABOUT THE PEOPLE...IT MORE ABOUT THE PARTY...

  • Darrell
    July 08, 2013 - 12:20

    Anyone else think that Judy, Susan and Linda may be the same person? NO ONE ELSE...WRITES LIKE THIS...ON THE PLANET...please stop screaming.

  • Linda
    July 08, 2013 - 11:08

    CAN I ASK ONE QUESTION OF MR BALL...WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR THE PAST YEAR AND HALF? NOW YOUR TALKING JOBS CREATION...IT ONLY NOW YOU THINK THE PEOPLE NEED TO WORK...JUST LIKE YOU AGREE WITH THE PCS TO JUST PASS OVER 90 MILLION DOLLARS...TO THE CBPP MILL ...WITH NO PLANS IN PLACE FOR JOBS CREATION...LEADERSHIP AT IT BEST

  • Susan
    July 08, 2013 - 06:15

    BALL ASK FOR HEA LTHY COMPETITION...SO WHY DID THE LIBERAL BLOCK MR MURPHY PAPER ON FRIDAY JULY 5/2013? WHY IS THIS CAMPAIGN STARTING OF ON THE WRONG FOOT..

  • Susan
    July 07, 2013 - 10:41

    Ball and the liberal are only full of HOGWASH...and nothing ELSE...Yvonne former leader of the party who took us no where...BUT TO THE POOR HOUSE...By staying on...Eddie greatest concern in the Bay of Island...His himself...He only WIND BLOWER...Pretending he doing something...BYRNE now there your FELLOW WHO CAN SPEAK OUT OF BOTH SIDES OF HIS MOUTH...THIS GUYS MUST HAVE MANY SUITS OF DIFFERENCE COLORS TO SUIT THE OCCASION

  • gord
    July 06, 2013 - 22:38

    Ball is the obvious choice as he and Yvonne helped keep the party together thru rough times when no body would give them a passing glance. Now that the PCs are sinking, the roaches are coming out hiding to try and steel a meal.

  • Cyril Rogers
    July 06, 2013 - 17:47

    And while Mr. Ball is getting rid of Bill 29, I hope he will take a good hard look at getting rid of NALCOR...... that entity which I believe was primarily responsible for Bill 29 in the first place. NALCOR and its oligarchy is about create an enormous fiscal mess for any future administration, by building Muskrat Falls, and heads should roll for that.

  • Judy
    July 06, 2013 - 15:25

    Ball your only a pills pusher...It don't take much skill for that...Just like when your came to our community...of jackson arm...The only thing you had to say...WAS MAKE WORK PROJECT...AS FOR THE LIBERAL HAVING A STRONG FOUNDATION...BUILD BY YOU...NOW THAT A JOKE...LOL...BILL 29...DOING IT FOR THE LIBERAL AND THE NDP...AND NOTHING ELSE...