The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador may have their first celebrity candidate since Snook ran for Brian Tobin in 1999.
2006 Olympic Gold Medal winner, Harbour Grace native Jamie Korab has told the media that he is seriously considering seeking the Liberal nomination in the Carbonear-Harbour Grace District. Korab was the lead for the gold medal-winning Brad Gushue men’s curling rink at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He is currently a real estate agent.
There had been in rumors in the past that Gushue was going to run for the Progressive Conservatives in the last election but nothing came of it.
The Premier will have to call a by-election to fill the seat vacated by the resignation from cabinet, caucus and the House of Assembly of Jerome Kennedy.
The timing of the by-election is not known but the Premier has said she will be shuffling the chairs on the Titanic, I mean the cabinet, this week. She says a new cabinet will be in place before she leaves the province for the Atlantic Premiers trade mission in mid October.
I wonder what surprises the besieged premier will be returning too.
Back to Snook.
Pete Soucy, the current host of VOCM's Night Line talk show, nearly beat NDP MHA Jack Harris in the 1999 Provincial Election. He lost by 169 votes in the Signal Hill - Quidi Vidi district. Interestingly enough, Soucy's Wikipedia blurb does not mention the contest at all.
Star power is real political power.