Hugh MacDonald will not seek reelection


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Veteran Liberal MLA Hugh MacDonald has decided he will not seek re-election, the party’s executive director said Tuesday.

“I can confirm that he let the leader (Raj Sherman) know last week that he will not be seeking re-election,” Corey Hogan said after unconfirmed rumours began circulating online.

“Raj asked him if he would run again and he said, essentially, ‘I’m tired.’ “

MacDonald, 56, could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

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The 15-year veteran Liberal MLA, was a candidate in the race to become leader of the Liberal party but was defeated earlier this month by ousted Tory MLA and party newcomer Raj Sherman.

During the contest he regularly attacked Sherman during debates and was vocal about his dissatisfaction with changes to the Liberal leadership election process, which allowed thousands of party “supporters” to vote in addition to paying members.

Despite his concerns about the process, MacDonald said he would accept the results and planned to stay with the party. “I would not encourage any political party ever to experiment with this sort of process again,” he said at the time.

MacEwan University political scientist Chaldeans Mensah said the MacDonald’s tough criticism of Sherman during the debates was a harbinger of things to come.

“A stalwart member who has been an important part of the team has decided not to run,” he said. “It does raise questions about caucus unity and Sherman’s leadership.”

The question, Mensah said, is whether Sherman will be able to mend the fractured party in time for the coming provincial election, widely anticipated to be called within the next six months.

“There’s no question that Hugh MacDonald is part of the party establishment,” Mensah said. “His concern is reflective of a concern among some in the Liberal Party about having what some consider an interloper – someone from outside – taking over the party.

“Is this the tip of the iceberg, so to speak? Or is this just an isolated defection from the team?”

Sherman spokesman Jonathan Huckabay declined to comment Tuesday.
 


Veteran Liberal MLA Hugh MacDonald has decided he will not seek re-election, the party’s executive director said Tuesday.

“I can confirm that he let the leader (Raj Sherman) know last week that he will not be seeking re-election,” Corey Hogan said after unconfirmed rumours began circulating online.

“Raj asked him if he would run again and he said, essentially, ‘I’m tired.’ “

MacDonald, 56, could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Story continues below

HangZhou Night Net

The 15-year veteran Liberal MLA, was a candidate in the race to become leader of the Liberal party but was defeated earlier this month by ousted Tory MLA and party newcomer Raj Sherman.

During the contest he regularly attacked Sherman during debates and was vocal about his dissatisfaction with changes to the Liberal leadership election process, which allowed thousands of party “supporters” to vote in addition to paying members.

Despite his concerns about the process, MacDonald said he would accept the results and planned to stay with the party. “I would not encourage any political party ever to experiment with this sort of process again,” he said at the time.

MacEwan University political scientist Chaldeans Mensah said the MacDonald’s tough criticism of Sherman during the debates was a harbinger of things to come.

“A stalwart member who has been an important part of the team has decided not to run,” he said. “It does raise questions about caucus unity and Sherman’s leadership.”

The question, Mensah said, is whether Sherman will be able to mend the fractured party in time for the coming provincial election, widely anticipated to be called within the next six months.

“There’s no question that Hugh MacDonald is part of the party establishment,” Mensah said. “His concern is reflective of a concern among some in the Liberal Party about having what some consider an interloper – someone from outside – taking over the party.

“Is this the tip of the iceberg, so to speak? Or is this just an isolated defection from the team?”

Sherman spokesman Jonathan Huckabay declined to comment Tuesday.