Christopher Mitchelmore pondering political future
Christopher Mitchelmore, the Independent MHA for The Straits-White Bay North, is not ruling out joining another political party as he gathers feedback from his constituents about his future.
Mitchelmore and Dale Kirby quit the New Democratic caucus in October in a dispute with NDP Leader Lorraine Michael over her leadership.
Mitchelmore has retained his membership in the NDP, although he told CBC News that various constituents have been asking him to consider other choices.
"I've been getting a significant amount of feedback," said Mitchelmore. "I'll weigh all of [it]. Now that the house of assembly is not open, I have some time to look at the longer term."
He indicated there is no consensus among the constituents he has spoken with so far.
"People say they support me as an Independent. There are people who would like me to join another political party. That's all feedback that I'm taking into consideration," he said in an interview.
Mitchelmore said he is going into the process without a deadline.
"I'm not saying that I'm going to come to a conclusion at the end of January, but I will be listening, and I will be looking at a number of things," he said.
May speak with parties directly
Mitchelmore said his discussions with constituents will include "whether I look at speaking with other political parties and talking about values and ideologies and looking at a role in which I can best serve my constituents. Those will all be part of the dialogue, moving forward."
Mitchelmore. 28, was first elected in the 2011 election. Prior to that, The Straits-White Bay North had been represented by Liberal Marshall Dean.
Between 2001 and 2009, Tory Trevor Taylor represented the district. Between 1949 and that time, voters in the area had consistently voted Liberal.
- An earlier version of this story said that Trevor Taylor represented The Straits-White Bay North until 2011. Liberal Marshall Dean represented the district between 2009 and 2011.Jan 03, 2014 1:12 PM NT