Tory back-bencher says he has a lot to offer
A Tory backbencher is saying he’s strongly considering throwing his hat in the ring to become the next leader of the PC Party and, by default, the next Premier of the province should he be successful.
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MHA Kevin Pollard speaks at a public meeting in Burlington regarding the issue of brush on Route 413. The meeting was organized by cocerned locals.
“I’m very seriously considering throwing my hat in the ring,” said Kevin Pollard, MHA for Baie Verte-Springdale. Pollard hasn’t held any ministerial portfolios since being elected in a by-election in that district in 2008, however he says he feels he would make a good choice for leader given his background in and out of politics.
“I’m an everyday person who is passionate and energetic for the future of this province,” he told The Nor’wester. “I want to work hard for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador to make sure this continues to be the best place to live in the country.”
Pollard was recently appointed to the House of Assembly Management Commission by Premier Tom Marshall, and says he was a big supporter the previous Premier-designate, Frank Coleman.
“I have a lot of respect for Frank Coleman and his vision for the province,” he said. “I want to see us head down a similar road of making lives better for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”
Pollard says he was taken back by the resignation of Coleman, but understands the reasoning given.
“I was shocked to hear about his resignation, however I admire his dedication to his family and having his priorities in the right place.”
It’s similar priorities, he says, that has him just at the thinking stage right now.
“I have to consult with my family, of course. This is a big decision and one I wouldn’t take lightly. My family is going to be a major factor in this decision and I want them to be aware of the commitment needed, and be OK with it as well.”
Pollard says he’s given himself a timeline to make a final decision on whether he will run, but says it is a personal deadline and not necessarily relating to the deadline set out by the party.
“I can say that I won’t be waiting until the last minute,” he said. “If I wait until the last minute, then don’t vote for me.”
Nominations for the PC Leadership open today, and will remain open until July 7 leading up to the convention in September.