Longtime Liberal Danny Dumaresque is making waves with his bid for a return to politics.

Dumaresque has announced he will seek the party's nomination in the southern Labrador district of Cartwright-L'Anse au Clair.

That's the seat already held by a Liberal — outspoken newcomer Lisa Dempster.

Dumaresque was the MHA for the district of Eagle River before it was redrawn and renamed Cartwright-L'Anse au Clair prior to the 1996 general election.

He defeated Yvonne Jones for the Liberal nomination that year, but lost the seat to her when she ran as an Independent. Jones — now the Liberal MP for Labrador — would later join the Liberal caucus.

Key planks

A vocal opponent of Muskrat Falls, Dumaresque is campaigning on a platform of fishery reform, and to have a sub-sea tunnel built across the Strait of Belle Isle.

He said he's learned a lot of lessons over the years, and believes he's just now hitting his stride.

"Yes, there were things that if I had my time back I would have done different when I was first elected at 29 years old," he said. "But, ya know, the last 18 years in private business certainly has taught me a lot of valuable lessons. And right now I have the time to be able to do this, I have the independence to be able to do this, and my desire is no less than it was 25 years ago."

Nominations in the district opened Friday at noon and close at noon on May 7.

The winner will be decided May 15.