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.
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.
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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.