Pundits: Vickers' absence from N.B. political scene could work in his favour

Pundits in New Brunswick say Kevin Vickers may be seen as an outsider as he considers a political bid in his home province.

But they say that may actually work in his favour.

Vickers, who was born and raised in Newcastle, New Brunswick, has served as Canada's ambassador to Ireland for the past four years.

He announced this week he may be interested in seeking the leadership of New Brunswick's Liberal party.

Vickers is best known for stopping a gunman's attack on Parliament Hill in 2014 when he was serving as sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons.

Political scientist Jamie Gillies says Vickers' absence from New Brunswick's political scene could be his greatest strength as the Liberal party may want fresh faces and new ideas.

On October 22nd, 2014, Vickers helped end the siege on Parliament Hill by Michael Zihaf Bibeau, who killed an honour guard at the National War Memorial.

Vickers says he's a ``long ways from making a decision'' about contesting the Liberal leadership.

Former premier Brian Gallant recently confirmed he would step down as Liberal leader sooner than expected.