Kent getting leadership nomination papers signed

James McLeod
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Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Kent is getting nomination paper signed, and preparing for a run at the PC Party leadership, although he’s careful to say that no final decision has been made — yet.

Steve Kent. — Transcontinental file photo

“I am very close to a decision, and I am preparing nomination papers in the event that I make a decision to pursue this.”

Kent is one of only two Tory cabinet ministers who are said to be considering a leadership run.

He spoke to The Telegram Monday morning and confirmed that he’s very seriously looking at the leadership, but he’s not quite ready to make the plunge yet.

“This is one of the biggest decisions I’ve had to make thus far in my career,” Kent said. “It has significant impact on my family, and for that reason, it requires really careful consideration.”

The deadline for getting into the race is Friday. The only candidate thus far to formally put in his papers is fish processing businessman Bill Barry.

Kent was keeping his cards close to his chest on Monday; he acknowledged that if he runs he’ll have to step out of cabinet, and said that he’s looking forward to a spirited leadership race.

But he wouldn’t talk policy or renewal, saying that he’d like to save those sorts of discussions for his campaign launch — if he decides to run.

“The conversation that wil ensue during the campaign is very much about the future of our province, and I look forward to building that future, whether it’s as a leadership candidate or as a member of caucus,” he said. “One way or another, I’ll be very active in the campaign, and I may very well be a candidate.”

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  • Turry from town
    March 12, 2014 - 07:58

    Seems like this clown wants to make sure he will win the leadership before he makes his final decision.He has always been the suck-up and pucker-up boy of the Tory party.Not a good choice for leader of the province.

  • thewholetruth
    March 11, 2014 - 18:30

    Give it up Stevey. You are not leadership material. Your record from the boy scouts speaks for itself. Go away!

  • Jay
    March 11, 2014 - 09:05

    To McLean, What do you want me to do, read the paper for you? Try this for just a couple of examples.. Go back and look at the articles by Bob Wakeham. See if you can find one that doesn't have a personal attack in it. Also, look at the Telegram's cartoons of Williams and Dunderdale and see how insulting they are.

  • Pauline
    March 11, 2014 - 05:05

    Good day everyone, Just finishes reading this article and long with all comment's. I have to agree with the most of them, But there one that really stick out, One by Steve, singing the praise's of Mr Kent. Don't get me wrong, I do understand Steve supporting Mr Kent because they are school friends. Steve here is my question to you, Lets say MHA accumulated ( Air Mile's ) by doing work on behalf of the people. Remember He/She is getting pay to fulfill these duty. Don't you think those air miles should be turn back to the people, so they can be past on to the food bank, and turn into food item's for the needy. Or should they be use to take your family on a trip? Steve if Mr Kent was doing something like this, Please stand on the highest mountain and sing out his praises, Because I would join you, Because we both would have something to sing about.

  • Graham
    March 10, 2014 - 21:58

    Father Dohey has better chance of becoming Pope than Kent does of becoming leader of the PC party and Premier.

  • Corporate Psycho
    March 10, 2014 - 19:57

    This isn't funny anymore.

  • Crazy
    March 10, 2014 - 16:44

    @ Steve, Your full of crap.(Yes) its the responsibility of Government to create jobs. If any one say to no this, Is trying to say, once we votes someone in, they have the right's to pick our pockets with no return of investment on their part. Just become a burden to society, Stevie you can bring in the ( Communist Russia ) all you like. No matter how you may sing this song. They must be held accountable to the people. To do the best for our citizens ...wouldn't you agree? Now Stevie just because Mr Kent got a MBA at McGill, that still don't make him a leader.. I would be more then happy to take Mr Kent on in public, Then maybe you would get some kind of ideas what can be done for our people. Not just wind blowing on your part.

    • Facts
      March 11, 2014 - 07:35

      He doesn't have an MBA from McGill or anywhere.

  • Muggins
    March 10, 2014 - 16:24

    This guy has shown himself to be a self-centered egotist with an attitude of "if it's Tory it's good" - Dare to question Tory policy & you are his sworn enemy. I certainly don't see any of the potential candidates as viable. If Coleman enters the race as Dannys' boy, he would win but it will probably hurt him financially. For a businessman who relies on the good will of NL public for his business interests, he would be wise to give politics a wide berth. Sad really.. how the governing party who have so much power stand to lose it all, & have so little talent in the cabinet that they turn to the likes of Steve Kent.

  • Judi
    March 10, 2014 - 15:46

    This province needs someone with the intelligence of Tom Marshall to lead us. The province cannot be run on the ego of Steve Kent. If truth be known, he was pretty close to quitting the party until Dunderdale caved in and made him a minister, worst mistake EVER.

  • Corporate Psycho
    March 10, 2014 - 14:56

    If this were to happen Dwight Ball must be thinking he is the luckiest man alive.

  • Little Man Dan
    March 10, 2014 - 14:52

    Everyone just calm down; I'll name the new leader in the coming days. Let's see now; where's my list again? Ah, me brudder is out; got him on da sleepy offshore board after dey wouldn't accept da princess....Kathy was anointed on the condition she wouldn't go for Premier; dat pissed off Jeromey....lost him; none of the udder bobbleheads stand out and I can't stand dat Bill Barry....I'll get back to ya on dis.

  • John
    March 10, 2014 - 14:14

    Stevie, Don't waste your money . The good people of Paradise had enough of you.....Search for employment else where...

  • Gekko
    March 10, 2014 - 14:10

    If the top party brass (and that doesn't include Kent) are at all serious about staying in power I can guarantee you that right now in the back room Tom Marshall is being begged to stay on as leader permanently. It wouldn't even surprise me if that was the plan from the beginning, wouldn't be the first time.

  • John Q Public
    March 10, 2014 - 14:05

    I really do not know why but every time I think about the prospect of Steve Kent being premier of this province I am reminded of how horrified the residents of Paradise must feel when they think about how close they came to electing Kurtis Coombs as their mayor a few years ago. Shuddering at the thought!!!!!!!!!!

  • g.warford
    March 10, 2014 - 13:20

    Really? Come on Steve, ya just made it to the cabinet table. ya just a beaver, your not a full fledged scout yet.

  • Brian
    March 10, 2014 - 13:09

    I don't see a bright future for the Tory party .The convention will be a platform for the person that Danny Williams wants but the Liberals will win the next two general elections . The people of the province are tired of this government and they want a change no matter what . If we vote for this current administration we are saying " we agree with your policies and we want you to continue " . Most voters have had enough . It doesn't matter if Steve Kent runs .

  • Peter Whittle
    March 10, 2014 - 12:36

    I am aghast at the mean spirited, personal attacks against Mr. Kent. I am not a tory but by why would an individual with a great interest in the governance of this province with a TWENTY YEAR elected track record in provincial and municipal politics, with an extensive record of volunteering and community resource building, not to mention his education, not run for the job? What I see is a focused, hard working, dedicated, life long activist who has risen to the opportunities that have come his way. He accomplished a great deal, and will not doubt accomplish a lot more. He deserves respect because he has earned it.

    • Jay
      March 10, 2014 - 13:17

      Peter, I'm not sure why this would surprise you if you've read the Telegram for any length of time. The Telegram's whole focus since Danny Williams got elected has been to orchestrate the meanest, dirtiest personal attacks on any Tory who raises his or her head. Even posters who don't join into the bullying by the Telegram are labelled Tory hacks. The subject of the attacks doesn't even have to be factual. It's a "take no prisoners" strategy from a once decent newspaper to what is now a sensationalist tabloid. Thank you Mr. Wangersky.

    • Sam
      March 10, 2014 - 13:51

      Of course the Cons/Torys have NEVER been known to "orchestrate the meanest, dirtiest personal attacks"! Duh!

    • Peter Whittle
      March 10, 2014 - 14:10

      Jay, have to disagree with you. The PC government has done a terrible job on the communications front and can not take the least bit of criticism. The media's job is not to be puppet for an arrogant government. Not getting back to reporters on deadlines, hiding briefing notes, developing purple files on "dissidents, suffocating freedom of information legislation , failing to be transparent, blacklisting reporters and residents ...the list goes on. "Shooting the messenger does not solve the problem. I fail to see your point, is the Telegram reports the news, the comments are moderated. They published mine which sort of makes your nonsensical point moot. Perhaps it the government was less arrogant, less patriarchal, less secretive, less entitled and more forthcoming the Telegram and other news organizations would not have to spend thousands of dollars in FOI requests and thousands of hours trying to report the news and acting like the official opposition. PEter Peter

    • Peter Whittle
      March 10, 2014 - 14:18

      Sam: The article, in case you had not noticed it was simply reporting that the former two term mayor of Mount Pearl, two term MHA and current Cabinet Minister was preparing for a possible leadership bid. There is no bias, just a statement of fact and a follow-up interview. I am very much aware of the clandestine black-ops game that ALL THREE parties play by stacking open line programs, letters to the editor and on-line forums like this. Frankly it sickens me. Lots of the pot calling the frying pan black here.

    • W McLean
      March 10, 2014 - 14:17

      Jay: Care to itemize a few of these mean, dirty, personal attacks?

    • Jon
      March 10, 2014 - 18:35

      Peter, has this fellow not been a big part of that which you describe regarding the poor communications of this government and disgraceful behaviour on social media in particular? Oh yes. Before he was finally vaulted to Cabinet not that long ago either, he was one of the dirtiest pit bulls the Tories had. Hilarious that you think he is any way competent to be Premier. The fact we are even considering the prospect tells me how desperate times are here, how desperate things are in the PC party and how incredible some people's views are. Especially a former (?) political operative like yourself.

    • Jon
      March 10, 2014 - 18:39

      And Peter, you speak of thousands in FOI requests. Isn't Kent the minister responsible for the OPE dept and just the other day obfuscated and bullsh*tted the people of NL about why gov was making the opposition and others pay such outrageous money for mere info?? Yes.

    • Observer
      March 10, 2014 - 19:58

      Couldn't agree with you more. The once noble Telegram has sunken to tabloid status with the gang of Wangersky, Jones, Wakeham et al. Facts be damned. Personalities and character be damned. Promoting their agenda is all that matters. If only this province had hands-on access to real newspapers like the National Post and the Globe and Mail to read well-written and well-researched, provocative journalism, not the stuff we have to stomach, month in and month out, from the Telegram . The Telegram serves to promote the worst meanspiritedness and distrust that runs deep in this place. Matters not how much greatness, vision, integrity, intelligence or ambition a person might possess, the Telegram will attack and shred them at every opportunity.

    • Jay
      March 11, 2014 - 07:40

      Peter, Talk about nonsensical, you complain about the personal attacks on Kent, but then go on to a personal attack when I say something with which you disagree. I didn't say the Telegram was censoring posts. Real maturity on your part

    • Other observer
      March 11, 2014 - 08:19

      Whoa, Observer, you clearly had a great big bowl of hate-flakes this morning. Bile with that? or is that your natural state?

    • Jay
      March 11, 2014 - 09:56

      Sam, Duh, when did the Telegram become a political party. I was talking about the "newspaper" not the Conservatives or Liberals.

    • Marshall Art
      March 12, 2014 - 12:55

      Obviously, what you see in Steve Kent is not what Danny Williams saw. If Williams was still Premier, Kent would still be hidden in the backbenches , waiting for the next photo-op with a high profile politician.

  • Gary
    March 10, 2014 - 12:15

    Well how far can they go , As far as I `m concerned you just lost my vote. The P C `S seemed to be graining in the polls , lets see how the polls would be if Mr Kent is there

  • leon
    March 10, 2014 - 12:10

    OMG, come back Kathy.

  • No Muskrat
    March 10, 2014 - 11:53


  • VOR
    March 10, 2014 - 11:23

    Is he going to make the official announcement from sunny Florida while saying he's really inside his house in Mt Pearl?

  • dan
    March 10, 2014 - 11:19

    sure go ahead, waste your money, you will lose your seat next election anyway!

  • March Madness
    March 10, 2014 - 11:02

    What a horrific month MArch is turning out to be and no i'm not talking about the lingering arctic weather. I'm spooked by not only just elected young gun Jonathon Galgay wanting to quit council and run for provincial seat but now Kent wants the big seat. Help! Packing bags if either win!

    • Dolf
      March 10, 2014 - 11:47

      Young gun Galgay? Water pistol is more appropriate. He's a Steve Kent clone no matter how you hear him. I like the poster who said Kent should take Paul Lane with him. Kent won't run, this is just another of his publicity stunts.

  • Sarah B.
    March 10, 2014 - 10:57

    So far, we have two egomaniacs who want to become premier for a day - only one of whom is not totally incompetent. The Liberals must be loving their chances right now.

  • Will Cole
    March 10, 2014 - 10:55

    Mr. Kent would be infinitely preferable than the current offering from Curling. Go for it Steve!

  • john
    March 10, 2014 - 10:27

    Go for it STEVE,this government has done too much to let go without a fight, you'll do just fine.

  • bill
    March 10, 2014 - 10:24

    Did he get permission from little man dan

  • mundy
    March 10, 2014 - 10:10

    What an inflated ego !! Does he really expect to win ? Save your money Stevie and withdraw before it's too late.

  • Crazy
    March 10, 2014 - 10:07

    Mr Kent, I have a question for you, Do you believe government should be involve in jobs creation...Or make works project? Lets me guess neither.. Thank you, that why you wouldn't make a premier. Because you can't look past your nose. Like many more of our so call leader.

    • Steve
      March 10, 2014 - 10:40

      Governments DO NOT create jobs. If you want that, I suggeset you find a wa to travel back in time to communist Russia. Secondly, name me a make works project. Oh, wait, let me'll go after Muskrat Falls. If the last 2 months have shown anything, is this province desperately needs a renovation of our current Power needs, that is to say, out with the old, past it's prime equipment and in with the new. Is he young, yes, but lets look at the facts. He's got an MBA from McGill which he achieved while serving as Mayor. Give him a chance. Otherwise I suggest you throw your hat into the ring.

    • Skeptical Cynic
      March 10, 2014 - 11:58

      So you're implying that government is responsible for creating your job with a make-work project, using taxpayers' dollars? What a ridiculous notion. Why not just have government print more money and give it away?

    • Ivy
      March 10, 2014 - 15:07

      Steve, you mean that we are not living in Communist Russia! Sure seems like the conservative rules this province with an iron fist. By the way Steve, I have known many people who are over flowing with "book learning" but who don't have a lick of common sense so because you have a few initials after your name doesn't automatically make you the best man/woman for the job. Just saying.

    • Facts
      March 10, 2014 - 18:46

      Lol, he doesn't have an MBA from MCGill. He has a Masters in some sort of Community Development program or something.

  • Torey Nomore
    March 10, 2014 - 10:04

    Scout boy is reason # 84,759 that I cannot vote Tory no more.

  • Red
    March 10, 2014 - 09:58

    They must really want to lose the next election.

  • Pete
    March 10, 2014 - 09:34

    Steve has been in politics nearly 20 years, and has good work experience too. No reason he shouldn't consider it.

  • I always vote
    March 10, 2014 - 09:31

    there is much more to Newfoundland Labrador then Mount Pearl and the confederation building. steve kent does not have the skills to lead this province as far as I'm concerned.

  • PC Insider
    March 10, 2014 - 09:29

    Too soon, my friend, too soon. You need another 10 years under your belt to have any credability for the position. It goes to show that the PC party is doomed if your are the best candidate in the running.

  • joebennett
    March 10, 2014 - 09:22

    Oh my. This has to be an early April Fool's joke. Steve Kent for premier ??? Maybe he can talk Poll Lane into re-crossing the floor and help him with on-line polling. Give me a break on this one. ABC on the next election

  • NO
    March 10, 2014 - 09:18

    Please no ... please.

  • Krista
    March 10, 2014 - 09:17

    Go for Steve. You did an amazing job as Mt. Pearl Mayor and are doing a great job in your role in provincial politics. I think you would make an excellent PC team leader!

    • Skeptical Cynic
      March 10, 2014 - 11:41

      Agreed. Mr. Kent has demonstrated leadership over many years, in some cases during less than ideal circumstances. He's earned his crack at the PC leadership... glad to hear he's stepping up.

  • Michael
    March 10, 2014 - 08:35

    Go for it Mr. Kent, you will make a fine leader.

    • Dolf
      March 10, 2014 - 09:20

      What's with the jokes on a Monday morning Michael?

  • Ronnie
    March 10, 2014 - 08:33

    Don't waste your time. You certainly do, obviously, love having your face published every chance you get.