Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Newfoundland Liberal Leader Steps Down

A really sad story, on par with Jack Layton's, that Newfoundland and Labrador's Liberal leader, Yvonne Jones, is stepping down because of her battle with breast cancer:

The leader of Newfoundland and Labrador's Opposition Liberal party is stepping down with only two months to go before a provincial election.

Yvonne Jones announced on Tuesday she can't lead the party's campaign for the Oct. 11 vote because her year-long fight with breast cancer has left her without enough energy to wage a province-wide campaign.

Jones says her cancer has not returned, but her immune system is weakened after bouts of radiation and chemotherapy.

She says she feels the disease has cheated her out of a dream she has wanted to fulfil her entire political career.
 It's very good that her cancer hasn't returned, but it's still a huge shame that the treatment to get rid of the disease saps just as much out of a person. And only two months before an election, it's going to be difficult for the NF & L Liberals to get organized after such a disruption. It's also fair to ask whether or not Jones knew she'd be unable to continue earlier, and if she did, whether she should have stepped down sooner to allow for the Party to have longer time to start over. If she didn't know earlier though, then there's no way around it.

I'm glad she'll be running in her riding in Cartwright--L'Anse au Clair, and she'll continue to serve in Newfoundland's House of Assembly. No matter the general results in October, I'm sure she'll still be there as a strong voice for Newfoundlanders.

(This all being said, I've heard rumours that this was the cover for an intra-party coup with  theWilliams-connected Dean MacDonald being part of it somehow, possibly as the candidate to take over the party... anyone know anything about this? Shed some light?)

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