Liberal Dan Waters to run against against Miller, says Tim Hudak ‘best thing going for us’
GRAVENHURST — “When you see me resign as president, then you’ll know I’m the candidate.”
Well, Dan Waters did just that late last week — and he will now face MPP Norm Miller in the June 12 Ontario election as the Parry Sound-Muskoka Liberal riding candidate.
Waters met with the party brass Thursday at their Mary Street office and after some discussion about other candidates, he got the nod.
Waters said “the party had been after me to run for a long time.”
He said staff in the premier’s office urged him to run against the PC incumbent.
“And we worked it out.”
He will be acclaimed at a nomination meeting this (Sunday) afternoon at the Lion’s Hall in Bracebridge at 3:30 p.m.
He said this morning he will be the lone name on the ballot.
Waters, a former NDP MPP in Bob Rae’s government in the 1990s, previously ran against Miller as a Liberal candidate once before.
His wife, Cindy Waters, also ran against Miller provincially in the last election.
She also ran federally for the Liberals against Tony Clement.
Now’s it’s her husband’s turn to return to the campaign hustings, he said, after the nomination meeting this afternoon.
Waters, 66, says his chances look good to unseat Miller after 13 years.
“The best thing going for us is Tim Hudak.”
“How can he cut 100,000 civil service jobs and miraculously create one million more.
“It just doesn’t make sense.”
Waters says he’s got a lot of catching up to do with a bit of a steep learning curve.
“I’ve got to walk and talk.”
He says the Liberals, too, have a jobs plan called the “prosperity fund” that will put millions toward job creation.
Waters says he wants some of those jobs for Parry Sound-Muskoka.
He says too many people have lost jobs and have had to head out like.
Like his son, Dan Jr., age 47.
He has a family here, but he’s working out in Fort McMurray on the Syncrude site as a mechanic, coming home only every two weeks.
Waters blames former Tory premier Mike Harris for a lot of the lost jobs in the riding, including good-paying government work with the MNR and Ministry of Environment.
And he also took a shot at the federal Conservatives, who he said have been “keeping the dollar artificially low.”
Tim Dunn takes over the riding association as president.
Waters and Miller will be up against Green Party candidate Matt Richter, and Clive Mobely, the NDP’s president who was to be nominated Saturday.
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