Liberal candidate looks to bring dissatisfied longtime PCs on board

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New Brunswick

John Herron was named Liberal candidate for Hampton-Fundy-St. Martins on Saturday in an uncontested nomination.

Former Progressive Conservative MP says ‘angst’ in riding over Tory nomination led him to run red

Savannah Awde · CBC News

· Posted: May 11, 2024 5:24 PM EDT | Last Updated: 1 hour ago

A man stands in front of a Liberal sign.

Newly acclaimed Liberal candidate John Herron is looking to bring dissatisfied longtime Progressive Conservatives on board. (Sam Farley/CBC News)

A former Progressive Conservative running for the provincial Liberals in this year’s election is pitching himself as an alternative for dissatisfied Tory faithful.

John Herron, a former two-term member of Parliament, was named as the Liberal candidate for Hampton-Fundy-St. Martins in an uncontested nomination on Saturday.

In a speech, Herron called for a “future-forward political reset” in the riding, noting the Tory’s nomination of Christian activist Faytene  Grasseschi.

A woman with long blond hair is smiling in profile.

Faytene Grasseschi will be the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding. (CBC)

“There’s a fair amount of political angst in this community over the [PCs] choice of their nominee in the next election campaign,” Herron told CBC News.

Grasseschi’s acclamation in December drew support from Premier Blaine Higgs, but there was internal opposition from the local riding association executive.

“The Progressive Conservatives, under the leadership of this premier, has lost its way,” Herron said on Saturday. “This premier’s choice for the nominee in this riding is perhaps the starkest illustration.”

He called Grasseschi’s nomination “a rejection and an insult” to the moderate and centrist values that former Progressive Conservatives have found success with.

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