Long-time Liberal MP Denis Landry announces a leap in municipal politics

Longtime Liberal MP Denis Landry says he wants to make the leap into municipal politics, potentially opening up his provincial seat to new party leader Susan Holt.

Landry, first elected in 1995 and the only remaining member of the Legislative Assembly to have served with former premier Frank McKenna, plans to run for mayor of the new municipality of Hautes-Terres in the Acadian Peninsula. .

“It’s rare for people to see a provincial politician go into municipal politics, but I want to confirm that Denis Landry will be a candidate for mayor of the new municipality of Hautes-Terres,” he said.

The new entity created by the local government reform will include St-Isidore, the village where Landry now lives.

Landry offered on August 6 to resign from his seat of East Bathurst-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore so that Susan Holt, the new leader, could run in a by-election and quickly enter the Legislative Assembly. (Jacques Poitras/CBC)

With boundary changes over the years, the veteran MP has represented three different constituency configurations, but he says the new municipality closely resembles the boundaries of the first, Centre-Péninsule.

“I think with my experience I am the right person to represent this new municipality,” he said.

Municipal elections for new entities and existing municipalities that have undergone major changes will take place on November 28.

Landry offered on August 6 to resign his seat of East Bathurst-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore so that Holt could run in a by-election and quickly enter the Legislative Assembly.

But Premier Blaine Higgs refused to commit to calling the by-election immediately. He would have six months from a declared vacancy to set a date.

Landry now says he will remain an MLA until the municipal vote, unless he decides he cannot be an effective MLA during the campaign, or that Holt and the party want him to leave early.

“If the party asks me to leave faster, I will. If they need my seat to get her into the legislature faster, that’s it,” he said, snapping his fingers .

Melissa C. Keyes