Monday, August 11, 2014

A POLITICAL STAR RISES IN THE SOUTH

On the same days as the VOCM - Abacus Data Poll show's that the Federal Liberals are soaring in Newfoundland and Labrador there are some significant developments in the race to represent the party in St. John's-South Mount Pearl.

Within hours of an announcement by high profile real estate tycoon Jim Burton that he is no longer seeking the nomination, celebrity Seamus O'Regan has announced his intentions to become the Liberal Candidate. Burton has been plugging away at the nomination for well over a year and was considered by many as the de facto candidate.

Rumors were rampant that O'Regan was going to run in one of the St. John's seats currently held by the New Democrats. There had been some polling in St. John's East gauging O'Regan's support.  

Well educated, he studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University and University College, Dublin, and marketing strategies at INSEAD in Paris. He achieved his Masters of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge.

O'Regan is a former Executive Assistant to Ed Roberts, he was a policy advisor to Brian Tobin and at one time worked for former Quebec Liberal Premier Jean Charest.  He was named to Maclean’s magazine’s “100 Young Canadians to Watch” and is the first journalist on the “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40” list. O’Regan is a national ambassador for Bell’s Let’s Talk, which supports those suffering mental illnesses.

O'Regan currently works with Magna International but is best known as the former host of CTV's Canada AM. He was  recently been appointed a media innovator in residence at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ) and RTA School of Media in the Faculty of Communication & Design. 

Born in St. John's, he has been very involved in promoting provincial causes. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Rooms, the Smiling Land Foundation, and Shallaway Youth in Chorus. 


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