Labrador politician is running again despite Innu Nation's calls for him to resign

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador legislature member Perry Trimper says he’s running in the next election despite calls from the Innu Nation for his resignation.

Trimper said Tuesday on Facebook he’s leaving the Liberal caucus to represent Labrador’s Lake Melville district as an independent, and that he changed his mind and will run in the next election.

He said his political opponents are launching a character assassination campaign against him.

Trimper announced last month he would not seek re-election after the Innu Nation called on Premier Andrew Furey to remove him from the Liberal caucus.

The call came after Trimper said homeless people in Happy Valley-Goose Bay choose their lifestyles. Trimper's comments were in response to a video showing the violent arrest of an Inuk homeless man.

Furey said in an email Tuesday Trimper made the decision to sit as an independent himself.

The premier repeated his earlier statement that he was troubled by Trimper's recent comments about homeless people. 

Furey said he was just in Labrador to meet with the Innu Nation, with the Nunatsiavut Government and with the NunatuKavut Community Council. He said he looks forward to working with the people in Trimper's district.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 10, 2020.

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