Said event was 'non-political'
Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien said Wednesday that he was just trying to take the politics out of the situation when he asked for two New Democrats to be uninvited from a charity fundraising breakfast
Municipal Affairs Minister Kevin O’Brien announced details Friday morning concerning government’s plan to expand 911 services. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
According to a CBC News report, O’Brien asked the Gander and Area Chamber of Commerce that NDP politician George Murphy, along with failed New Democrat Candidate Lucas Norman, to be uninvited from serving breakfast at their annual community breakfast as part of the Festival of Flight.
O’Brien refused to do an interview with The Telegram, but in a statement e-mailed to the media, he said he requested the NDP politicians because he wanted to take the politics out of the event.
“I felt, as a citizen of Gander and as the MHA, it was important to keep this breakfast non-political, and therefore I had to address it,” O’Brien said.
He said it was a matter of principle for him.
“To set the record straight, here are the facts: the Town of Gander and the Chamber of Commerce have worked very hard in recent years to depoliticize the Festival of Flight and the community breakfast, which the Chamber so generously supports and uses as a fundraiser for student scholarships,” O’Brien said in his statement. “When I was informed that other political parties were trying to make the community breakfast a political platform, I felt I had to stand on principle and advocate to maintain the non-political policy; a policy that was rightfully set up many years ago.”
While Murphy and Norman were not allowed to serve food at the event, O’Brien still participated and served breakfast.
In his statement, O’Brien said the whole thing has “been blown out of proportion.”