The Canadian Press published their “Quicksketches” on the provincial leadership hopefuls yesterday, which serve as a helpful introduction to the characters in play for the next 4 weeks for those who aren’t intimately familiar with them already.
Kathy Dunderdale | PC Party
Education: Attended Memorial University.
Early career: Worked in community development, communications, fisheries and social work before entering politics.
Political career: She was a town councillor and later deputy mayor of Burin before she was first elected to the legislature for the St. John’s area riding of Virginia Waters in 2003. She was sworn in as premier on Dec. 3, 2010. Served as minister of innovation, trade, rural development, natural resources and deputy premier in the government of Danny Williams.
Personal: Married to Peter Dunderdale and they have raised two children, a son and daughter.
Quote: “I think that what we have to say will resonate with voters again, and that together we’re going to build a wonderful future for this place.” — Dunderdale after the election call as the Tories try for their third straight majority government.
Kevin Aylward | Liberal Party
Education: Received a bachelor of commerce degree from Memorial University.
Private career: Worked as chief executive officer of the Goose Bay International Airport, investment adviser and chief executive officer of Nunacor Aboriginal Development Corp.
Political career: First elected to represent the former district of Stephenville in the legislature in 1985 and remained a member of the house until he left politics in 2003. Served as minister of environment, labour, forest resources, tourism and recreation in previous Liberal administrations. He became leader of the party in August when Yvonne Jones suddenly stepped down for health reasons.
Personal: Was 24 years old when he was first elected to the legislature. Father of two grown children who likes to play chess in his spare time.
Quote: “You are going to see a platform that’s real, you are going to see a platform that resolves the issues and works towards answers.” — Aylward speaking in a pre-election video.
Lorraine Michael | NDP Party
Education: Has a degree in education from Memorial University and a master’s of divinity from the University of Toronto.
Private career: Began her career as a high school teacher on Bell Island and later became a nun.
Political career: First elected to the legislature in a November 2006 byelection in the St. John’s riding of Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi. Became leader of the provincial NDP in May 2006.
Personal: Lists music as a passion, is a member of the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and plays the piano.
Quote: “They’ve had the other two (parties) for decades.” — Michael expanding on the NDP’s campaign slogan: “It’s Time.”