Cathy Bennett the right choice for Virginia Waters

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I’ve never been one to jump into the middle of the political fray. Most people know me from my 34-plus years in banking in St. John’s or through my community involvement like Rotary or Special Olympics.
Political activity, for me at least, was something to be left to those with stronger stomachs. It can be a tough and unforgiving game. However, as others of my generation will tell you, as your children get older and grandchildren come along, you don’t think less about the future, you think about it more.

Over the past few years I’ve grown increasingly concerned about the direction of our province.

We’ve seen tremendous growth, yet many in our city continue to struggle. We are richer than ever before, yet our budgets are in deficit. At a time when people are crying out for leadership, few are prepared to offer themselves. It’s a sad state when individuals have to be persuaded, given assurances or otherwise dragged to the podium to discuss issues, put forward ideas and develop solutions.

That is why I have decided to become more involved and why I am supporting Cathy Bennett in the byelection in Virginia Waters.

Simply put, she has reversed the trend; a natural leader with a desire to help people and the drive to make things happen. The passion she has demonstrated since first announcing her intention to run in Virginia Waters last fall has been

a refreshing change from the depressing lineup of “will I or won’t I” candidates in our province — “she will” and has stepped up of her own accord to offer the people of Virginia Waters a creditable choice.

I’ve dealt with a lot of business people over the years, and Cathy is among the very best.

People talk a lot about an entrepreneurial spirit, but true entrepreneurs are rare. Building a business is one thing but doing it in a

way that combines leadership and vision with an ability to inspire others to share and contribute to that vision — that’s entrepreneurship and that’s Cathy Bennett.

It’s this type of leadership we need in the province and in Virginia Waters. Cathy has shown through her countless community initiatives that she is prepared to do the hard work.

Behind every decision, every initiative and every project, Cathy knows there are people who count on her — and she will move mountains not to let them down.

More than anything, this byelection should mark the beginning of the end of the politics of opportunity and convenience.

It’s time to look at those who would represent us and decide if they have a vision for the province and are prepared to work hard to achieve it. Cathy Bennett does and that makes her the right choice for Virginia Waters.

Sam Walters

Virginia Waters

St. John’s 

Geographic location: Virginia Waters

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Recent comments

  • Frank
    March 29, 2014 - 17:11

    What a pile of crap Sam. So you are friends with CB and are trying to get her elected. Whoop de do.. The trouble is we will end up with Dwight Ball as premier and that is scary indeed.

  • Charles
    March 27, 2014 - 13:39

    @ Anne Whelan, Sorry don't agree with you, concerning Cathy Bennett.

  • Michael
    March 27, 2014 - 06:35

    The difficulty I am having and the Liberal party is having, is squaring Ms. Bennett's support of the Muskrat falls project including the financing which is still now being questioned. She is at odds with her own party. I live in the district and cannot vote for her.

  • Anne Whelan
    March 26, 2014 - 20:45

    I know Cathy through various business and community organizations, and she is hardworking, committed not only to building her own business but her community and her province. She's an exceptional volunteer, was chosen CEO of the Year in Atlantic Canada last year, and has both the experience and the 'heart' to lead in government. I don't live in the district but if I did she would have my vote.

    • Gerard D
      March 27, 2014 - 07:13

      Another St. John's Board of Trade crony who is migrating to the Liberal party because their traditional party is very unpopular. Nothing more than opportunism.

  • Scott
    March 26, 2014 - 20:13

    Mr. Banker; If I want to vote for a Conservative I'll vote for Danny Breen. At least he is honest about his values.

  • Temp workers
    March 26, 2014 - 19:06

    Cathy Bennett's platform.... More temporary foreign workers, more immigration, less Newfoundlanders, and more emigration.

  • Cashin Delaney
    March 25, 2014 - 05:03

    Provincial representation is redundant, and obsolete. Municipal and Federal are doing the work, and would do it better without these middlemen&women injecting corporate values and derisive politics into community governance. Like Walters says here, he had no interest in the fray until it became a corporate concern. Why do we need these redundant power brokers? Would the letter writer be better served without it, and able to finish his life outside the fray, doing what he does best? Can you take that to the bank?

    • Dolf
      March 25, 2014 - 15:05