Andrew Parsons seeks Liberal nomination

Brodie Thomas
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The Provincial Liberal Party opened the call for nominations in the District of Burgeo-La Poile last Friday and at least one person had his papers signed and ready to go.

Andrew Parsons, son of outgoing Burgeo-La Poile MHA Kelvin Parsons, announced he is seeking the liberal nomination in the riding.

“I’ve had an interest for a number of years and I feel now is the right time to put my name forward to represent the district,” said Mr. Parsons.

Nominations close on Wednesday at noon. If he has any challengers, the party will announce a time and place for nomination meetings. If he is the only person to submit, it is likely his name will go on the ballot this October.

Mr. Parsons has a law practice in Port aux Basques and is involved in many community groups.

He has served as president of the Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association, president of the Port aux Basques and Area Chamber of Commerce, and sat on the board of the LeGrow Hospital Foundation among other things.

Raised in Port aux Basques, Mr. Parsons moved away for post-secondary education but moved back to start his law practice. He said being involved in community organizations was one of his favourite things about moving back home.

“I feel representing the entire community is just taking that another step,” he said.

Mr. Parsons knows he might get some criticism from voters because he is seeking the job his father left behind. He doesn’t see that as an issue.

“At the end of the day, it’s the people of the district who will decide who they want in,” said Mr. Parsons. “I feel I’ve got a lot to offer. It’s got nothing to do with who was there before. I have some positive ideas and attributes that I can bring.”

Organizations: Port aux Basques Minor Hockey Association, Area Chamber, LeGrow Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: Port aux Basques

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  • Terry Francis
    June 24, 2011 - 17:48

    I'm sure Andrew will be a fantastic candidate for the district. He has certainly proven, through his work and community involvement, his skills, knowledge, initiatives, work ethic, and passion for his home town and area, things he wasn't "prepped" for. I say give him a chance to expand his horizons and apply the same energies to a much broader area of responsibility. I'm sure he will succeed. Good Luck Andrew.

  • Troy Lomond
    June 23, 2011 - 12:25

    Representation is not a family heirloom Mr Parsons. Kelvin was not a very effective representative and I seriously question his ability to separate his family business from that of his MHA status. Some new blood please but I expect as usual people will vote not for whats needed and instead will just accept the transferral of a job from father to son. Someone needs to challenge Andrew for the Liberal candidacy or you are allowing this sort of graft to continue unabated. Do you think its right that you can't run because he's prepped his son for the job? What about the liberal riding association, are they perfectly ok with the crowning of the son of the previous MHA? This is a cruel jike for those who are "connected".