Liberal leadership hopefuls have resolved conflict
Danny Dumaresque isn’t revealing what exactly was said, but in a conversation Monday night following a Liberal leadership debate at Memorial University, he says it got personal between him and fellow candidate Cathy Bennett.
Danny Dumaresque. — Telegram file photo
Dumaresque said he was “surprised and shocked” when Bennett made a comment about a member of his family.
“I took exception to it and I made her quite well aware,” he said.
“When I got home this morning, I found a message on my answering machine from Ms. Bennett sincerely apologizing for the comments she made to me last night.”
During the debate earlier on, things got tense between Dumaresque and Bennett. At one point, during a one-on-one debate between Dumaresque and Paul Antle, he steered the conversation towards temporary foreign workers.
Dumaresque accused Bennett of saying that she brought in temporary foreign workers to staff management positions at her fast food restaurants because Newfoundlanders were only qualified for the front-line jobs.
Bennett was not able to respond directly, but in the background, she could be heard muttering that Dumaresque was misrepresenting her comments and not being fair.
“I believe we have thousands of people that can be managers of the fast food business,” Dumaresque said. “There was nothing personal about me holding another candidate to account.”
On the other hand, Dumaresque said Bennett made it personal.
“Ms. Bennett chose to make a derogatory comment about a member of my family. So from there, there’s no question you can conclude it’s personal. But she’s the one that went there, not me,” he said. “That being said, I accept her apology.”
Bennett was unavailable to do an interview for this story, but a spokeswoman sent a statement on her behalf.
“I have apologized for any comments that Mr. Dumaresque perceived as derogatory,” the statement from Bennett said.
“It was not my intention to upset him. As far as both parties are concerned, the matter has been clarified and resolved.”