Young candidate says leadership should not be decided by money

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Clarence Cantwell says the encouragement and financial backing he has received since announcing he is considering a run at the provincial Progressive Conservative leadership was enough to put him in the race.

Clarence Cantwell, 22, of Corner Brook, confirmed Monday he will run for the leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservative party. — File photo by Geraldine Brophy/The Western Star

The 22-year-old Corner Brook man confirmed Monday that he is running.

The leadership campaign comes with a $10,000 fee, something which Cantwell admits is a challenge. He said he will use his own money and has some assets that he can sell to generate the fee, but said he also has some backers in the community.

“It is obviously an expensive undertaking,” he said. “It is going to take a lot more.”

The party also put a $350,000 cap on the campaign for each candidate. Cantwell said the race should not be about who has the most money, and believes nobody should put that much money into an election race.

“There is better ways to spend $350,000,” he said.

“Let’s look around Newfoundland. Look at the amount of kids that wake up in the morning without breakfast. If you are going to spend $350,000 on a campaign, you should spend some money on charities first.”

Cantwell does have a plan in place for how he will seek the support of the people he is running to represent.

“I will take my car and drive to every city and town across Newfoundland and Labrador,” he said. “I will set up town hall meetings, and get the people’s opinions. In the end, that’s what counts — the people of the province and what they say.”

Businessman and fisheries tycoon Bill Barry is the only other confirmed candidate for the leaderhship so far. Corner Brook businessman Frank Coleman is considering running as well.


The Western Star

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Western Star

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  • Crazy
    February 25, 2014 - 10:41

    Right on young fellow, Money don't make a leader, Has we can see by the mess left behind by Mr Williams, Then past over to KD, Now Tom Marshall. Have a debate with the new leader of the liberal party. Then you be surprise why this province can't go forwards. Mr Ball don't have a clue what going on, anywhere in our fine land.