Newfoundland and Labrador

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Newfoundland and Labrador


Murphy, Elizabeth, Canadian Parliamentary Review


A General Election was held on October 11 , the date fixed by statute for the vote. The Progressive Conservatives, led by Premier Kathy Dunderdale were elected with 37 seats, the Liberals remained the Official Opposition with 6 seats, an increase of two Members and the New Democrats won five seats, increasing their number by four Members. A judicial recount is to be carried out for the District of Burin Placentia West where there was a 40-vote difference between the Progressive Conservative and the New Democratic candidates.

The House now has six Members who are sons of former Members: Eli Cross, the Member for Bonavista North, whose father, George, represented that District from 1975 to 1979 and 1982 to 1985; Andrew Parsons, the Member for Burgeo-LaPoile, son of Kelvin, who represented the District from 1999 to 2011; Kevin Parsons, Member for Cape St. Francis, whose father, also named Kevin, represented St. John's East Extern from 1986 to 1993; Terry French, the Member for Conception Bay South, whose father, Bob, represented the District from 1996 to 2002; Jim Bennett, the Member for St. Barbe, whose father, Trevor, represented the same District from 1979 to 1982 and Tom Osborne, Member for St. John's South, whose mother, Sheila, represented St. John's West from 1999 to 2011.

The Members-elect were sworn by David Orsborn, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Trial Division, and Ross Wiseman was elected Speaker on October 27th.

Wade Verge, the Member for Lewisporte was elected Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees; Steve Kent, the Member for Mt. Pearl North, was elected Deputy Chair of Committees.

Sandy Collins, the Member for Terra Nova, was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Community Services and Vaughn Granter, Member for Humber West was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.

The sixteen-member Cabinet was appointed on October 28th. The following are the names and portfolios of the new Ministers:

* Joan Burke Advanced Education and Skills and Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities and for Youth Engagement

* Charlene Johnson Child, Youth and Family Services and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women

* Clyde Jackman Education

* Terry French Environment and Conservation and Minister Responsible for the Labour Relations Agency, the Multi Materials Stewardship Board and Office of Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Emissions Trading

* Thomas Marshall Finance, President of Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Public Service Secretariat, the Public Service Commission and the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation

* Darin King Fisheries and Aquaculture and Deputy Government House Leader

* Susan Sullivan Health and Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and Seniors, and Francophone Affairs

* Nick McGrath Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, and the Voluntary and Non-Profit Sector

* Keith Hutchings Innovation, Business and Rural Development and Minister Responsible for the Rural Secretariat, and the Research & Development Corporation

* Felix Collins Justice and Attorney General

* Kevin O'Brien Municipal Affairs and Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services Newfoundland and Labrador, and Registrar General

* Jerome Kennedy Natural Resources, Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency and Government House Leader

* Paul Davis Service Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister Responsible for the Government Purchasing Agency, Office of the Chief Information Officer, and the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission

* Derrick Dalley Tourism, Culture and Recreation

* Tom Hedderson Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation

Of the sixteen, three Ministers are new to Cabinet: Mr.

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