Gail Shea non-committal about federal election plans

Egmont MP and fisheries minister says riding in no hurry to hold nomination meeting

Teresa Wright
Published on October 16, 2014
Gail Shea

Federal fisheries minister and Egmont MP Gail Shea appears to be on the fence about whether she will run in the upcoming federal election.

Some federal Conservative ridings have already held nomination meetings and elected their chosen representative, but Shea said Wednesday her riding is in no hurry.

“The election is still a year out, there’s been no nomination set or anything at this point in time,” Shea said.

When asked if she plans to reoffer for her Egmont seat, Shea was non-committal.

“I have yet to talk to my family about that,” she said.

“It’s not something that I’m going to talk about today because I’ve been busy, of course, doing the work of government. I’m out every day talking to people, I’m campaigning every day.”

In the meantime, speculation has been brewing locally she may run for the leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservative party, despite the fact she has repeatedly denied having leadership ambitions.

Shea said Wednesday she is "not considering it.”

The provincial PC party will announce the details of its upcoming leadership convention during its annual general meeting on Nov. 1.

The federal election is scheduled to take place in the fall of 2015.