Campaign push on for Virginia Waters byelection

Candidates from all three major parties were busy making the rounds in Virginia Waters this weekend, leading up to Wednesday's byelection.

3 parties bring in high-profile help for April 9 vote

Campaign signs for all three candidates can be seen all over the district of Virginia Waters. Cathy Bennett, Danny Breen and Sheilagh O'Leary are all in the running to be the next MHA for the area. (CBC)

As the date for the byelection in Virginia Waters closes in, candidates from all three major parties were busy making the rounds in the district this weekend.

NDP candidate Sheilagh O'Leary, Tory Danny Breen and Liberal Cathy Bennett all took to the streets to talk with people in the community, as the clock ticks for Wednesday's byelection. 

Voters will select who will become their new MHA on Wednesday, taking former premier Kathy Dunderdale's place in the House of Assembly.

"People are desperately wanting to send a strong message that change must happen. This government must be held accountable for its fiscal mismanagement in the last number of years," said Cathy Bennett, who like her competitors has recruited high-profile help to attract voters. 

Earlier in the campaign, current Liberal MP and former astronaut Marc Garneau accompanied Cathy Bennett on door-to-door talks.

For the Tories' Breen, who has taken unpaid leave at a St. John's city councillor, there were some big names involved in the weekend door-to-door visits.

"It's a lot of local issues, with the fiscal arrangement with the province it's a big issue, and people see me as somebody who has championed that from the city level and see that I'm the one who can bring that forward in the provincial legislature," Breen said.

Breen had some provincial heavyweights in his corner, with Premier Tom Marshall and former premier Danny Williams joining him on the trail.

O'Leary, a former St. John's city councillor, was joined on Saturday by Megan Leslie, the deputy leader of the federal NDP and MP for Halifax.

She said if elected, she plans to take a different approach to politics in the area, and proposed constituency days where people in the district can come and talk with her about their issues

"People could actually come and talk to me in person, in the flesh, so they could have a face-to-face engagement with their member to bring up issues and concerns or ideas … much more personable, much more engaged, and much more indicative of a true representative," O'Leary said.


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