Newfoundland and Labrador

Campaign Politics

Newfoundland and Labrador

CPAC’s Roger Bill takes a look at the provincial campaign in Newfoundland and Labrador, where voters go the polls on Nov. 30.

The Conservatives have been in power here since 2003, when Danny Williams put an end to four consecutive terms by the Liberals. Williams has since left politics, as has successor Kathy Dunderdale. The party’s fortunes now rest on the shoulders of Paul Davis, a former police officer with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

The Liberal leader is Dwight Ball, a businessman and pharmacist from Deer Lake, who has been sitting in the legislature since 2007. The NDP are being led by former labour leader Earle McCurdy — best known to Canadians for his role in the 1990s “Turbot Wars” with the European Union.

Also of note: the new House of Assembly will be reduced to 40 from 48 members to save money.