Where will Wade MacLauchlan run?

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With an early election a near certainty the nominations for Liberal candidates in ridings across the province are filling up fast.

Leader in waiting Wade MacLauchlan’s name is notably absent from the list.

As of Feb. 21 MacLauchlan will officially become the Liberal leader and by default the premier.

He also won’t have a seat in the legislature and hasn’t declared where he plans to run.

If he were to run in his home riding MacLauchlan would seek a seat in York-Oyster Bed, but the problem is that district already has a nominated candidate.

Transportation Minister Robert Vessey, who is also one of MacLauchlan’s campaign chairs, holds the seat and received the nomination way back in May 2014.

He was the first candidate the party nominated for the next election.

That means MacLauchlan would lose a prominent cabinet minister as a candidate if he wants to run in his home riding.

So what are his other options?

Unless more MLAs say they won’t run again the only district without a candidate is Cornwall-Meadowbank, thanks to Fisheries Minister Ron MacKinley deciding not to re-offer.

MacLauchlan has been playing his cards close to his chest so we’ll all have to wait and see what he wants to do.

But with a spring election likely on the horizon we’ll probably find out sooner rather than later.

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  • question
    February 11, 2015 - 14:50

    I thought, you had to live in the district! Is it different for Wade! Can he just tell an MLA, that he's running in their riding and your fired? Would it be best if you, are going to run for politics, to rent or buy house/cottage's in different parts of the island, so you have lots of choices?

  • soup
    February 11, 2015 - 14:38

    Heard it from a good ole back room boy, that he's running in Vesseys riding! Vesseys then, will be rewarded with the chief of staff job! Wade is feathering the nest of his good friend Vessey for being a good ole boy!!

    • LCC
      February 11, 2015 - 20:11

      I heard they were putting Brooke MacMillan on notice to stuff whatever else he can into his pockets and move on. Then they could give Vessey the credit cards and expense accounts and ridiculous salary at the Liquor Commission. And a certain Liberal financier's bars will continue to go unpunished for liquor violations. Weird.

    • soup
      February 12, 2015 - 07:24

      The pockets of the liberals must be full by now! They took every last dime I had!