A list of the district winners in the 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election
Some post-election thoughts from Kieran Hanley
Photographer Susan Morrissey Wyse was at NDP headquarters as the election results rolled in.
Keep an eye on these key ridings tonight as the results start coming in
The polls have opened and the Newfoundland and Labrador general election is under way. To find where you can vote, click here. If you’re not sure which riding you’re in, click here. Voting can take place any time between now and 8pm. For further information, contact Elections Newfoundland and Labrador – who seem to have revamped their website at the tail end of this election campaign. Go to www.elections.gov.nl.ca. Stay tuned to The Independent later in the day for a list of key ridings to watch for when the ballots are counted this evening.
On the cusp of Voting Day, a final analysis of the 2011 General Election…
Kieran Hanley chimes in with his thoughts on the 2011 Newfoundland election campaign
To the polls be damned. Liberal leader Kevin Aylward said yesterday that according to his party’s internal polling, the Liberal party is close in at least two dozen races. “What we also see, in many of the districts — and we’re in play in 15 to 25, easily 25 to 30 districts — we have candidates who are possible winners,” he said. Polls throughout the campaign would seem to suggest otherwise; polls from various sources have consistently put the Liberals in third place in public opinion behind the NDP. The Independent‘s own analysis of Liberal strength throughout the province in 2007 (click here), in combination with the events thus far in this campaign, would also strongly indicate that Aylward’s predictions are unlikely. Somewhere between the polls and Aylward’s comments lies reality. Source: CBC
Candidates quickly set aside political differences and aspirations last night Clarenville when a man collapsed during an all-candidate’s forum. The Telegram has confirmed that the man, Wilson Wiseman, believed to be in his 60s, is the campaign manager for Environment Minister Ross Wiseman, the Progressive Conservative incumbent. There is no word yet on his condition. One of the first people offering help was NDP hopeful Vanessa Wiseman, a licensed practical nurse. The debate was immediately called off. Source: The Vancouver Sun
This time last year, Kathy Dunderdale couldn’t have imagined she would be leading her PC party to an election victory. Now it appears she wants more. Dunderdale told the CBC that when she decided to become full-time leader of the governing PCs she also decided to serve for two terms and not just one; this is consistent with her party’s election platform which describes itself as a vision for the next eight years. If the Tories win Tuesday’s election, Dunderdale will become only the second woman in Canadian history to lead a party to victory in a provincial election. Source: CBC
NDP leader Lorraine Michael was once again on the defensive regarding her party’s plans to pay for its election promises by applying new taxes to the oil industry. “It’s one of the wealthiest industries in the world, and as a matter of fact, I don’t think we tax them enough,” Michael said yesterday in an interview with the CBC. “The oil industry is so large, so big, that you’re not getting people that are speculating when they’re doing their exploration. They know what they’re doing,” Michael said. The NDP has been under fire for saying it wants to add a petroleum surtax of three per cent, which is expected to turn over $68 million in revenues to pay for expanded social programs. Source: CBC
Liberal candidates with loose lips are beginning to frustrate leader Kevin Aylward. At an all candidates forum in Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi, Liberal Drew Brown was asked about the rural-urban divide and comments made earlier in the campaign by fellow Liberal candidate Danny Dumaresque. Brown said the remarks were an ” idiotic comment by an idiotic man”. Late last month Dumaresque made controversial and confrontational comments about St. John’s and its mayor regarding re-arranging the manner in which the province pays its municipal dues. And before that, former Liberal leader Yvonne Jones went off script on Facebook and made references to Liberal promises in Labrador that weren’t in its platform. Source: VOCM
A Labradorian’s take on the Muskrat Falls debate
John Noseworthy, former auditor general and challenger to NDP leader Lorraine Michael in the Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi riding, is taking some heat for deciding not to show up to a debate sponsored by the Georgestown Neighbourhood Association. Michael showed up to the event, as did Liberal candidate Drew Brown. “The fact that he has that same arrogant attitude, that he could ignore people in the district that he’s asking to vote for him, ignore that, shows he has the same arrogance as the party he’s running for,” Michael told the CBC. For his part, Noseworthy had concerns that members of the Georgestown association were also working on the NDP campaign. Check out the new poll on TheIndependent.ca to tell us how you feel about this apparent snuff by clicking here. Meanwhile Drew Brown took exception to negative comments made by his Liberal party colleague, Danny Dumaresque, to the city of…
Newfoundland and Labrador goes to the polls on October 11, but as we look to that day, across Canada other provinces and territories are electing new governments as well. Polls closed in Prince Edward Island on Monday, seeing the Liberals under incumbent Premier Robert Ghiz being elected to a strong majority. The people in the Northwest Territories also made their choices on Monday; the legislative assembly in Yellowknife is nonpartisan. Manitoba held its election yesterday, where despite the NDP and Tories almost splitting the popular vote, the NDP pulled through for its fourth straight majority government. Canada’s eyes now turn to Ontario where the embattled province is set to vote tomorrow. A sure win for Conservative leader Tim Hudak has turned around, where the question now seems to be whether Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals will achieve a minority or majority government. This would be McGuinty’s third government. Elections still to come?…
For those who can’t or won’t vote in the Provincial election on October 11, good news: advanced polling opens today. That means that you can cast your ballot right now if you choose to do so. Click here for a list of polling stations in your neighbourhood.
“For me, this is not about being buddies with Stephen Harper,” said Kathy Dunderdale during an interview with the CBC. Dunderdale been criticized by her political opponents — particularly from the Liberals — for her decision to clearly back Harper during the federal election campaign. The decision was a far cry from Danny Williams’ Anything But Conservative (ABC) campaign during the last federal election, and defended her new friendlier approach. “It is very easy, in terms of the politics of it all, to stand down here and throw rocks at the federal government … and appear to be standing up for the rights of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” she said. Source: CBC
Liberal leader Kevin Aylward is saying the PC government has been resorting to “band-aid” fixes for the province’s infrastructure, and says that damage to new highway infrastructure on the Burin and Bonavista peninsulas has proven that the PC government failed to learn any lessons from last year’s devastating storm. Aylward says that infrastructure built after Igor should never have been affected by a mere tropical storm like Ophelia. Source: VOCM
With a new health accord agreement necessary between Canada and its provinces during the Newfoundland premier’s next term in office, NDP leader Lorraine Michael says that Kathy Dunderdale and her PCs aren’t the ones to do it. Michael fears that, after Dunderdale allowed Harper to shut down the Search and Rescue Substation, the PCs simply don’t have what it takes to stand up to Harper. Michael says the NDP is the party which will fight to ensure the five principals of the health act are maintained. Source: VOCM
TheIndependent.ca counts down the weeks to the provincial election with a quick’n’dirty roundup of what’s happening on the campaign trails…