Sullivan officially out of the gate

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Loyola Sullivan announced today his intention to run for the Conservatives in the federal election. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Loyola Sullivan, former provincial finance minister and fisheries ambassador, announced this morning he will be carrying the Conservative banner in St. John’s-Mount Pearl in the federal election.

About 100 supporters were in attendance for Sullivan’s anticipated announcement at the Hotel Mount Pearl.

"I have a long history and a proven track record," Sullivan said.

Sullivan will be up against Liberal incumbent Siobhan Coady and NDP candidate Ryan Cleary.

Coady's win in the last election was partially credited to then-premier Danny Williams' "Anything But Conservative" campaign.

With three strong candidates, St. John's South-Mount Pearl is considered to be one of the most competitive ridings in the country.


Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: Mount Pearl

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  • dan the man
    March 31, 2011 - 05:24

    She-bang Coady did nothing but call down the armed forces for the past 2 years.....her and Jack Harris together . ..she was nothing but an embarrasment to St. John´s and I bid her good riddance...and send yankeedoodle Ignatieff back to yankeedoodleville..

  • Keesha
    March 30, 2011 - 11:07

    Not too many good comments here Loyola! Seems like a lot of unhappy and jealous campers. Good Luck in your campaign, I'm sure you will do well!

  • Robert
    March 29, 2011 - 23:11

    Top 6 reasons not to vote conservative (1) 1st Government in Canadian History to be found in contempt of parliament (2) Multiple ministers and senior party members under investigation for election fraud in the infamous "in and out" fraud scheme (3) Harper directed minister Bev Oda to alter a Canadian International Development Agency memo without informing the organization resulting in funding being lost of KAIROS (4) Harper appointed more to the senate than any other prime minister and then proceeded to order them to block climate change legislation that had already passed through the house usurping the will of the people (5) Harper tried to eliminate the mandatory long-form census which is used by researchers, planners and health officials from all across Canada to inform their decisionmaking. (6) Harper tried to eliminate the long-gun registry despite the RCMP and police forces across the country saying that it should remain in place.

  • Political Watcher
    March 29, 2011 - 20:43

    I can guarantee you that the Townies will not support him. He is done before he even starts.

  • Harvey Jackman
    March 29, 2011 - 18:40

    So!!!!The southern shore bloodhounds are back after spending a few years at the pigs' troughs. They haven't ingested quite enough yet from the tax-payers treasury. They feel that they deserve just a little more. Poor destitute souls!!!

  • Skeptical Cynic
    March 29, 2011 - 17:45

    Another white male dinosaur with lips firmly planted on the h'arse of 'arper.

  • I'm not voting
    March 29, 2011 - 15:29

    No need for this election caused by Ignatieff and his Liberals. No candidate with a pinch in St. John's - Mount Pearl. I'm staying home on election day they are all alike and none of them are any good.

  • Anon
    March 29, 2011 - 14:32

    It's not a matter of voting for Harger or Iggy, it's a matter of voting for someone who's not afraid to speak up against Harper or Iggy, because you know both those guys won't be looking out for NL's best interest. I don't trust Coady to speak up against Iggy. I'm voting for Sully.

  • Christine
    March 29, 2011 - 14:19

    Leaving personal attacks aside I feel that Mr. Sullivan should have stood aside for newer and younger blood! I don't like the notion that he is only here because it was some unwritten promise made by he and Mr. Harper and that IS the word on the street! Now had Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Manning vied against each other for the Riding of Avalon to represent the PC's then that would have been a more honest scenario. It would have made them more credible in the eyes of the voter.

    • Tom
      March 29, 2011 - 19:29

      Only 25 negative comments, is that the total Liberal population for St. John's-Mt Pearl??????

  • Bill
    March 29, 2011 - 13:54

    Loyola is the second plant by Stephen Harper, former NL politicians who ran into problems with Danny Williams and who were rewarded by Harper with cushy federal jobs to lay in waiting until needed by the PM as his avenue to get support in NL. Harper is counting on the popularity of the names and their local connections as he himself is one man not trusted in this province. The loyality of both Sullivan and Manning is to Stephen Harper, so don't be surprised to see these individuals attempt to rationalize why Harper has good reason not to support a loan guarantee for the Lower Churchill, to rationalize why there has been no support for 5 Wing Goose Bay, to rationalize why there is no money to help retire fishermen so as to help reorganize the cod fishery. so no to Sulliven, no to Manning and no to Harper!

  • Frank Blackwood
    March 29, 2011 - 13:31

    I really don't think Loyola Sullivan is s good candidate to represent Newfoundlanders in Ottawa. As far as I am concerned he did very little to support the sealers and the sealing Industry. He did his job well as one fisherman remarked which was absolutely NOTHING..He should,ve shown his real Newfoundland colours at the ECM as an Ambassador for Newfoundland and Labrador. He will collect another pension and move on. Then, Mr Harper may put him in the Senate someday to collect another pension as well.

  • Steve O
    March 29, 2011 - 13:18

    " I have a long history and proven track record" You have a long history alright and a mediocre track record at best. You're time as finance minister in this province was abysmal and your time as fisheries ambassador was completely invisible. Give us a break and stop with the self aggrandizing lies. No one trusts anyone associated with Stephen Harper.

  • Gerry
    March 29, 2011 - 13:16

    Good God !!!! Wouldn't that give you a bad case of "the gas" !! Why can't those old dogs just go "lay down", curl upon the couch and take a good long nap. Aren't there some up & coming bright young lights around to offer themselves, or at least be asked to consider themselves, as candidates? Why must we have the "same old", "same old" coming forward again and again? Do those guys think they are God's gifts to the natives? Sullivan and Manning ..... the return of the Jedi. Groan !! Moan !! For the sake of your image, please Newfoundland and Labrador Conservatives show the rest of Canada we still have some very bright lights in the Province, and not a bunch of "old fart has beens."

  • robert
    March 29, 2011 - 12:40

    It's about time that there are some worthy Conservative running again. We need to oust all the Liberal MP's from this province and elect all Conservatives! Why? So that this province can receive all the patronage dollars it deserves.

  • Joanne
    March 29, 2011 - 12:37

    You got my vote Loyola, even before you threw your hat in the ring, Sio- ban was DEFINITELY not getting my vote, she is a wimp who needs Michael Iggy to stand by her.. and the next time my phone rings and i hear the sound of her voice I am going to give her an earful... I can't stand the look of her and especially the sound of her voice.. now Ryan Cleary was an option but not anymore.... and further more lets go Fabian... a good team here. ABC this time means "A BIGGER-BETTER CAMPAIGN"

  • Darren
    March 29, 2011 - 12:22

    Whoever argues that they do not trust Harper, and are going to vote for Iggy as a result, should go down to the red brick building across from Bowring park to have a check-up. At least I have been able to write off some home renovations, and save on everyday consumption with Harper in. He also introduced TFSAs as a means to encourage Canadian's to save more and stop spending more than they make, on the whole so that we don't end up collapsing like the US did in late '08 - '09. Although this was somewhat reactive (i.e. we learned from the US) it was proactive, as we were not myopic to think "that would never happen to us". Sullivan FTW!

  • Dirty Harry
    March 29, 2011 - 12:22

    Question for Mr. Sullivan. Is MHA Tom Osborne 100% behind your campaign? The sooner we out the Harperites in our local PC party the better.

  • Too Funny
    March 29, 2011 - 12:02

    Judging by these attacks the Liberals look scared.

    • Hilarious
      March 29, 2011 - 15:35

      Scared? Of Loyola Sullivan and Fabian Manning? This is the best news we Liberals have gotten in months! Ryan Cleary is a much bigger threat in St. John's South-Mount Pearl.

  • Randy
    March 29, 2011 - 11:54

    THis guy and his buddy Manning gave the finger to Danny yrs ago,because they didn't believe in honest government.Harper gave these 2 yahoos jobs a few years ago,so they would kiss his feet when asked to do so..Sullivan and Manning sat muted while thier friend ,Harper screwed nl over..I think the voters of nl have matured since Danny gave these 2 the heave ho, But what's really funny,is Dudderdale instructing all the coat-tail hanging torys to surport Harper..See ya latter Kathy,your time as premier was brief

    • Bert
      March 29, 2011 - 13:33

      Newfoundlanders and Labradorians can give Loyola and Fabian 10 billion reasons not to vote for these two jewels!!!

  • Bob R
    March 29, 2011 - 11:53

    Loyola, don't bother. Save your money. Same thing for Fabian.

  • robert Tucker
    March 29, 2011 - 11:40

    Ah Gee, Mr Sullivan, Can I have your present job? I promise not to write a tell all book about the fisheries.

  • Bob
    March 29, 2011 - 11:33

    Here in Avalon I'd like to vote PC but I would'nt trust Stephen Harper as far as I could throw him. I think Sullivan and Manning's entries are just one more Harper knock to spite Williams. If they're not elected bet your sweet bippy there's something waiting for both of 'em down the line.

  • Anne
    March 29, 2011 - 11:06

    Welcome back Loyola ,you can count on our votes for sure....good luck.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    March 29, 2011 - 11:06

    So Loyola #2 is out the gate. Time for payback to Stephen Harper for his several year, 6-figure, taxpayer funded, patronage job as Conservation Ambassador. And what did Loyola #2 'conserve' ? ---- you got it ----- a chance to get a seat for his boss -- Stephen Harper. So to make sure we are clear ---------- Loyola #2 will be 'loyal' to whom? ----- you guessed it ------ OTTAWA.

  • andrew
    March 29, 2011 - 10:54

    Don, Mac and Mary.....Loyola is one of the best politicians that our province has ever had.

    • Stephen
      March 29, 2011 - 11:41

      Best politicians we've ever had? You'd rank Loyola Sullivan up there with Danny Williams, Brian Tobin, Brian Peckford, Clyde Wells, Bill Rowe, and John Crosbie? Not a chance. He's not even in the top 40. Can you support this claim? Cause all I see is an old school fish merchant who left politics under dubious circumstances (Finance Minister during the Provincial spending scandal), who brings no new ideas to the table and is out of touch with Newfoundland's current issues.

  • Time to step aside Loyola
    March 29, 2011 - 10:47

    I think Bill Rowe's book on "The War with Ottawa" summed up your career Loyola. You're not much of a people’s person and you're out of touch with the current hard issues.

  • don
    March 29, 2011 - 10:33

    Another joke! Yes, folks let's all vote for him so he can to up his pension.

    • Charles
      March 29, 2011 - 10:55

      Another has been tries to regain past glory! Hopefully the people of the riding can see through this phoney. Hopefully on election day Sullivan will be looking for a new job...oh wait he has a nice big fat pension to live on!

  • mac
    March 29, 2011 - 10:32

    Why do these "has beens" always come back to haunt us ?????? Why don't he write a book and retire gracefully.

    • Greg
      March 29, 2011 - 12:07

      I agree Mac ... I't time for new blood ... new thinking ... not a rehash of old ideas meant to only increase that candidate's pensionability.

  • mary
    March 29, 2011 - 10:31

    Well, this is a sure win for Coady. Isn't there anyone else besides this old guy for the old guys' club available? For sure there isn't anyone who will actually vote for Sullivan!

    • harold hardiman
      March 29, 2011 - 11:01

      Actually .. this means anyone can win this one, because of three excellent candidates..someone and anyone of them can come up the middle and win this one

    • Joanne
      March 29, 2011 - 13:08

      Yes Mary, I am voting for Loyola and there is not a thing you can do about it.. Ha ha