Television personality Seamus O’Regan is planning on running for the Liberal nomination in the district of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, one day after businessman Jim Burton announced that he won’t be seeking the nomination.
The timing is just “very coincidental” according to Burton.
“I'm just hearing about it for the first time. I'm in Labrador here today. I've been a month with this decision. It's not something I made lightly to step down. It's purely business for me,” Burton said.
O’Regan is a former CTV news correspondent and former co-host of CTV’s Canada AM. He’s also a mental health advocate, and reportedly a friend of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
Burton said he hadn’t heard about O’Regan running before he got the call from the Telegram.
“This is the first I've heard of this. He'd be a wonderful candidate,” he said. “Well, he's a wonderful man. You know, he's a Newfoundlander. He's a Labradorian. I know him because I grew up in Labrador.”
Burton said that his life was just too busy between running Remax Infinity along with a small airline and two fishing lodges in Labrador.
For months, Burton was the only person who had publicly declared interest in seeking the Liberal nomination in St. John’s South-Mount Pearl. The party hasn’t formally called nominations in the riding yet.
The next federal election is scheduled for the fall of 2015.
Burton wouldn’t rule out a run for political office in the future, but he said he just can’t make it happen right now.
St. John’s South-Mount Pearl is currently represented by New Democrat MP Ryan Cleary.
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