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'Codco' star Greg Malone to run for federal Greens in Newfoundland this fall

Greg Malone, a former star of the Codco TV sketch comedy series, will be running for the Green Party of Canada in the upcoming federal election.

The party said Tuesday Malone will carry its colours in the Newfoundland riding of Avalon.

Malone rose to prominence for his part in the Newfoundland-focused series from the late 1980s and early 1990s, but has also had a long history of activism.

Following the 1993 AIDS-related death of his Codco co-star, Tommy Sexton, Malone worked to destigmatize the disease and to raise awareness to the needs of people living with HIV.

Malone has also recently been a motivational speaker on several issues including AIDS, globalization and the environment.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said in a statement today she was a fan of his work and of his dedication to activism.

“He has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the health care issues facing persons living with HIV-AIDS,” May said. “He also campaigned successfully to stop the privatization of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.

“Greg will be a wonderful standard bearer for the Greens in Newfoundland, Labrador and Canada.”

The Canadian Press