Real estate agent hopes to represent Liberals in Ottawa

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Real estate agent Jim Burton told a large crowd in St. John’s Wednesday that he has embraced giving back to the community and wants to continue that work as a member of Parliament for the Liberals.

Burton formally announced his candidacy for the St. John’s South-Mount Pearl riding, a seat currently held by NDP member Ryan Cleary.

Asked whether the so-called “Orange Wave” is over that helped the NDP become the official opposition in the last federal election, Burton sidestepped an opportunity to take shots at another political party. He said that would be a question best answered by voters and that his ultimate goal is to serve the people and earn their respect.

Burton did, however, state that he feels the government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper promotes negativity in politics. He said political culture should be about celebrating successes.

Discussing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Burton said he has been impressed with his leadership, noting Trudeau’s commitment to social justice. Burton said the need for work on issues such as affordable housing and additional support for veterans and seniors are some of the things on his radar.

There were a number of prominent Liberals present for Burton’s announcement, including former premier Roger Grimes and MHAs Andrew Parsons and Tom Osborne.

For more on this story, read Thursday’s edition of The Telegram or visit thetelegram.com.

Organizations: NDP, Orange Wave

Geographic location: Ottawa

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  • Elizabeth
    January 17, 2014 - 10:56

    Potentially valuable asset for Newfoundland IMO. From press coverage it seems he has earned the respect of friends in high places (Tom Osbourne, Roger Grimes, Marc Garneau, and Gerry Colbert below). This is a good sign as Burton seems to know the importance of reaching out to subject matter experts and important resources as needed, beneficial in making good decisions for positive outcomes. As you know Thomas, campaign fundraising is an inevitable part of our political democracy. The facts are that the capacity to raise funds are very limited. Corporate donations are not permitted and while maximum personal contributions are limited to $1200, its all associated to a complex formula tied to population. With this riding encompassing 80,000+ people, the max Burton can fundraise is approx. $80,000+. So, fundraising for a war chest in Canada isn't a big issue (like USA). Burton will do well because of who he seems to be: just a hard working likeable common guy who will gets some things done (like for seniors, veterans, affordable housing mentioned).

  • Gerry Colbert
    January 17, 2014 - 10:25

    I think this is great news having Burton run Federally. I see him as a respected real estate professionally, he has been chair of volunteer week in the province and has made a HUGE contribution to volunteer sector. I also see him out front fundraising for local charities. My only regret, he's not running provincially. we desperately need a Jim Burton here in NL RIGHT NOW. Good luck!!!!

  • Mike
    January 15, 2014 - 12:39

    It is 21 months to the next federal election. Why would this guy announce so far in advance? This is not strong strategically.

    • Thomas
      January 15, 2014 - 12:51

      Sure is a good strategy Mike - When you gotta raise a million dollars to take a shot at a federal seat.