A tentative deal that would see Ottawa provide a loan guarantee for the proposed $6.2-billion Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project in Labrador was critized heavily by the provincial NDP and Liberal parties. The deal is merely “an agreement to agree”, shrugged NDP Leader Lorraine Michael, who wondered aloud what has happened since Harper committed in March to back Muskrat Falls during the federal election campaign. “Work that we thought was happening in actual fact wasn’t happening,” Michael said in an interview. “We were led to believe by the premier that this kind of work was actually going on.” Provincial Liberal Leader Kevin Aylward said he too wondered why more work on the deal hasn’t been done yet. “This is not a legally binding offer and the Harper government can still back out of it,” Aylward said in a statement. “It’s no wonder Premier Kathy Dunderdale didn’t show up for the press…
Just two days into Kevin Aylward’s Liberal leadership and just two months until a provincial election, a candidate has withdrawn from his commitment to run in the next election. In an email Baird said he is leaving because he doesn’t have faith in the party’s new leader – Kevin Aylward. “[He] does not represent the progressive vision for the Liberal Party that attracted me to seek the nomination,” he wrote. Source: CBC
If Kevin Aylward and his Liberals are to have any chance in this election campaign, it won’t be through attacking Muskrat Falls.
Just two months before an election the communications director for the provincial Liberal party has resigned. “My commitment was to help [outgoing Liberal leader Yvonne Jones] and her team through to the election,” Craig Westcott told CBC. Westcott’s hiring last October was a controversial one, as he had been a candidate for the federal Conservatives in the 2008 election. Westcott says he will return to working full-time on his two small newspapers, the Business Post and the Irish Loop Post. Source: CBC
Yvonne Jones introduced Kevin Aylward as the new leader of the provincial Liberal party following a first-ballot win over other candidates.”We’re going to have an interesting time ahead. Fifty, 60 days is a long time in politics,” he said. Aylward was first elected in the district of St. George’s-Stephenville in 1985 and held that seat until 2003 when he decided not to run again. During that time he served in the cabinet of Premiers Clyde Wells, Brian Tobin, and Roger Grimes, heading the Environment and Labour, Forest Resources, and Tourism and Culture ministries. Aylward now plans to run in that same riding against Joan Burke – who has held the seat for the PCs since his retirement. Source: CBC
“Governments in Newfoundland and Labrador tend to remain in power for a long time. At eight years, the current Progressive Conservative government has been the shortest since Newfoundland became a province in 1949.” Read The Globe and Mail’s in depth look at the upcoming provincial election by clicking the link below. Source: The Globe and Mail
Virtual town hall allows supporters and public to weigh in on leadership candidates