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Will try to win St. John’s South-Mount Pearl for the Liberals

Former CTV correspondent Seamus O’Regan formally announced Monday morning that he’s entering politics, and planning to run for the Liberals in the riding of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl.
In a statement emailed to media, O’Regan confirmed the news that leaked out last week.
“This is where I’m from, and if I’m fortunate enough to represent a riding, this is where I want to be,” O’Regan said in the email.

Seamus O’Regan

Before the latest news leaked out, O’Regan was rumoured to be looking at a run in the riding of Toronto Centre, which held a byelection earlier this year.

St. John’s South-Mount Pearl is currently held by NDP MP Ryan Cleary, but it’s seen by political insiders as ripe for a potential Grit pickup in the 2015 general election.

O’Regan is reportedly a close friend of federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

He also has a background in politics before he went into journalism; O’Regan served as a senior policy advisory to then premier Brian Tobin, and executive assistant to then justice minister Ed Roberts.

 

 

Organizations: Toronto Centre

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  • If Seamus is thinking straight he will do what Newfoundlanders and Labradorians want him to do, that is make our province the economic powerhouse of Canada that it should have been for 65 years.
    August 19, 2014 - 09:39

    If Seamus is in this to bring the plight of Newfoundland and Labrador's history to Canadians with a hope to turning matters around for our province, I am all for it. We need somebody who is going to be acting not only as a politician but as an ambassador as well, who will in no uncertain terms spell out to Ottawa and Canadians what our province has added to the Canadian economy over the last 65 years through the forced endowment of all of our raw natural resources for the building of economies in many of the Canadian provinces, while we languished economy-less at home . Also the fact that we brought to Canada the Eastern periphery of North America, a land-mass which is three times the size of the 3 maritime provinces and hundreds of thousand of square kilometers of the Atlantic Ocean that fell under our province's jurisdiction. All the politicians of the past were too involved using our province's bounty to economically embellish themselves! That corruption has to Stop!

  • Darrel C.
    August 18, 2014 - 19:20

    I heard him praise Justin Trudeau as the best option for Canada. Talk about getting off on the wrong foot! He started his campaign by tripping up and falling into the gutter. Seamus O’Regan, you ARE the weakest link. Good-bye!

  • Suspicious!
    August 18, 2014 - 16:02

    Did I learn from the Media that he worked for Brian Tobin? Enough said!

  • Duke of Duckworth
    August 18, 2014 - 15:57

    Seamus wants to be a come-back from away to represent the riding. Nice if you can find someone to pay your airfare back home. Must be the crowd with whom he is now hanging out that influenced him. Sorry to learn that Seamus has come out as a Liberal.

  • Locutis
    August 18, 2014 - 15:35

    Oh great, that's just what we need. Another newsman entering the political arena. I guess He figures he'll be able to pull off what Brian Duffy wasn't able to... :)

  • thebabe2
    August 18, 2014 - 15:28

    well there goes my respect for Seamus, sad, sad, sad.

    • Samuel J.
      August 18, 2014 - 18:01

      So...you had respect for Seamus, but, because he offered himself for public office, you now have none? What a whacky comment! You couldn't muster a few more words to support your opinion? Is it because he's running for the Liberals and not the Tories that's got you all hot and bothered? I'm all for freedom of expression, but couldn't the Telegram at least block those comments that don't make a grain of sense.

    • John Lynch
      August 19, 2014 - 13:51

      No Samuel, people are just sick of the saviors from AWAY. Tobin and his back of tricks. Too bad he was the joker himself. History has taught islanders lessons and there in nothing to show how Seamus will be any different.

  • darby
    August 18, 2014 - 11:04

    It would be nice to finally see a federal politician achieve something for the benefit of this province rather than one who thinks it's sufficient to simply 'stand up for Newfoundland'.

  • Duggan
    August 18, 2014 - 10:02

    I think Rick Mercer would be a better candidate. Or Jake Doyle or Mark Critch.

    • sucker #525,378
      August 18, 2014 - 12:13

      …or Bozo the clown- i think you can find him living in Toronto as well, but he can be persuaded to come home too- if the price is right!