Liberal leadership candidates square off in Gander

James McLeod
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The candidates for the leadership of the provincial Liberal party debate onstage in Gander. — Photo by James McLeod/The Telegram

Candidates for the Liberal leadership are squaring off on a stage in Gander tonight sparring over differences, but also talking up the party in general.

In opening statements none of the five contenders took any seriously negative shots at each other.

Candidates seemed to save their sharpest jabs for Premier Kathy Dunderdale, talking about the Liberals as the strong alternative to form government.

Paul Antle, Dwight Ball, Cathy Bennett, Jim Bennett and Danny Dumaresque are vying for the leadership of the Liberal Party.

The debate got testy at several points, with candidates shouting over each other, mostly about Muskrat Falls.

Ball and Antle teamed up to loudly criticize her for supporting the multi-billion dollar project. Bennett responded by repeatedly asking if either of them would cancel the project.

Eligible members and supporters will cast their votes in November.

The Gander debate is the first of several forums the party is planning; there are also events in the works for St. John's, Corner Brook and Labrador after Labour Day.

Organizations: Liberal Party

Geographic location: Gander, St. John's, Corner Brook Labrador

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  • Dianne
    August 28, 2013 - 09:43

    I was at the debate in gander, Five very nice people. But i can't vote for any one of them, Because of july 5/2013. Freedom of choice was remove from the people.

  • Betty
    August 28, 2013 - 05:50

    Sorry got respect for the provincial liberal party. all because of July 5/2013. Concerning Charles Murphy of corner brook.

  • Cole
    August 25, 2013 - 08:20

    The comments should read, "Vote for Dunderdale if you like seeing all of the provincial revenue spent in either St. John's or Corner Brook." Who in their right mind would vote CONservative outside of these two cities? Especially in the Bay St. George area where the CONservative representatives have abandoned their constituents on virtually every economic issue. Where were the CONservatives when Stephenville lost commercial air service to the area? The time for booting these CONservative losers out of office is long overdue. Grow a pair and send a message to St. John's this time around.

  • Don II
    August 23, 2013 - 12:25

    The comments of Tim Jamison totally sums up the current attitude in politics in Newfoundland: "Vote for Dunderale if you want to keep working and if you understand that feelings and morality won't put Christmas presents under the tree for your children." That is the prevailing attitude within the Dunderdale Government. The political climate is one in which morality and feelings have no place in Government. The politician and bureaucrat will ask: What does morality, feelings, Christmas or abiding by the rule of law have to do with anything? Morality and consideration of feelings will only stand in the way of obtaining the almighty dollar and getting your way over others. Unbelievable! What does morality and Christmas have to do with each other indeed! The prevailing attitude is get what you want, any way you can, as fast as you can, even if you have to lie, deceive, cheat, steal or otherwise break the law to get it! If you concern yourself with ethics, morals, honesty and feelings in politics and government in Newfoundland you will end up like that good but very naive fellow in whose memory the celebration of Christmas was supposedly established in the first place! It appears that the pendulum has swung too far toward the accumulation of wealth and power at the expense of ethics, morals and respect for others rights. It is doubtful that there are any political prophets out there who will have the intelligence, the courage, the will and the charisma to change anything for the better!

  • Tim Jamison
    August 23, 2013 - 00:57

    Let's all play, "Which Fool Will SInk NL The Fastest?" How fun! Vote Dunderdale if you want to keep working and if you understand that feelings and morality won't put Christmas presents under the tree for your children

    • Ivy
      August 23, 2013 - 20:47

      There is one thing for sure and that is that no other political party will sink NL nearly as quickly as this present administration because they won't have the good fortune to inherit the billions and billions of dollars that this goverment has benefited from because of the hard work of other parties. If I were a politician I would not want to take over the reins of this government because there is no way of getting off the bottomless pit that;s been created by Williams and Dunderdale.

  • corrupt to the bone
    August 22, 2013 - 20:29

    lots of promises now coming from the politicians until they get elected of course. then they will sit on their butt and do little or no work for the people they are suppose to represent. no matter who we elect, blue, red, orange, or green, may it be federal, provincial, or municipal, their only goal is to collect that fat wage, wine/dine on our dime, their outrages expence claims and of course how can we forget that pension. politics as become corrupt in Canada its little wonder why there is such a low turn out @ the polls and why so many of us are turned by it.