Mitchelmore still mum on future plans after NDP resignation

Diane Crocker
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Chris Mitchelmore remained tight-lipped Monday on his plans now that he has resigned his membership in the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party.

Media reports earlier in the day said Mitchelmore, the MHA for the Straits-White Bay North, and Dale Kirby, MHA for St. John’s North, were close to joining another party after both cancelled their memberships with the NDP.

Both currently sit as Independents in the House of Assembly and have done so since last fall, when they publicly expressed having problems with the party’s leadership.

Monday afternoon, Mitchelmore was in his district and confirmed he had cancelled his party membership.

“I sent a letter by Canada Post recently to the president of the NL NDP just outlining that if my membership hasn’t lapsed, based on the constitution, that I’d ask that it be cancelled.”

Mitchelmore said he had no other comment on the matter and that he hadn’t responded to questions from other news media.

“I’m always listening to my constituents and I continue to do that outreach and I continue to do the work that they’ve elected me to do,” Mitchelmore said when asked if he was still talking with constituents about his plans.

He also declined to comment on when he would make a decision on whether he will join another party or run as an Independent in the next provincial election.

The Western Star

Organizations: Straits-White Bay North, Canada Post

Geographic location: Western Star

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