Peter Penashue announced on Wednesday he will run in the upcoming federal election as the Conservative candidate for Labrador against current MP Todd Russell.
“I believe Labrador needs a stronger voice on the federal scene than we currently have,” Mr. Penashue said in a statement.
“I am seeking the support of people living in Labrador to allow me the opportunity to be a strong voice on issues that matter to them in the next Parliament of Canada.”
The statement goes on to say that "during his time in leadership with the Labrador Innu Nation, he effectively worked with provincial and federal governments of different political stripes. He also worked closely with business and community leaders, giving him great first-hand understanding of the issues facing Labrador."
“Labrador has lacked someone who has been willing to speak up for them in Ottawa on topics like the long-gun registry and basic infrastructure,” he said in the statement.
“As we see huge economic growth potential on the horizon, I believe we need someone who has shown they can work together with others to get results for the people of Labrador.”
Mr. Penashue was elected to the position of Deputy Grand Chief of the Innu Nation in Sheshatshiu in 2007 and stood down on March 9, 2010 despite his term running until September of that year.
Mr. Penashue served as president of Labrador Innu Nation for 12 years and was the driving force behind the negotiation of the impacts-benefit agreement between the Innu Nation and the Voisey's Bay Nickel Company.
he is married to Mary Ann, and they have four children and four grandchildren.