To quote Ocean’s 11, are you in or out? I’m all in.
I remember asking Alan Doyle one time about the feeling he gets walking on stage. The thunder of applause. The energy in the room. All eyes on you. He flashed that mischievous smile of his and said, “there is absolutely nothing like it.” I got a little taste of that last night and I’ve been smiling ever since.
For those who came to the event at the ALT Hotel yesterday evening and for everyone who sent messages of love and support, I can tell you it meant the world to me and my family. Walking up to that room is a moment I’ll always keep with me. I think I squeezed Allison’s hand a little too hard, held the kids a little too tight. I’ve been in big rooms before. Given talks about orthopedic procedures or Team Broken Earth on countless occasions to all sizes of audiences. But walking into that packed room filled me with an energy that I’ve never felt before.
So, I’m in this now. All in. I’m running for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. I have a reverence for public service and take its calling very seriously. Even more so, I take seriously the trust that you and all my friends and supporters have placed in me. This is the energy source I will draw from.
In the coming days, I’ll be laying out my vision as to where I want to take the province if I win the leadership. Strike that. Where we will take the province. Because I believe in inclusiveness. That what matters most is the best idea, no matter where or from what party it comes from.
One important thing I’ve learned from years in the OR is that you are only as good as those surrounding you. Thanks again for believing in me. And if I can be so bold as to ask one favour? Spread the word on what we, together, want to accomplish. Knock on a few doors. Make a few calls. Have hope that we can make a difference and act on it. In return, I promise I won’t let this province down.
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