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NDP fields 18-year old candidate for provincial election

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Noah Davis-Power, who turned 18 last Tuesday, is running for the provincial New Democrats in the riding of Conception Bay South. Davis-Power claims to be the youngest candidate to ever run in a provincial election; he says that he hopes to convince more young people to get involved in politics in the process, and also that education and health care are the issues he would focus on if he is elected on Oct. 11. Source: CBC

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Election Round-up: Four weeks to go

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TheIndependent.ca counts down the weeks to the provincial election with a quick’n’dirty roundup of what’s happening on the campaign trails…

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Huffington post predicts NDP breakthrough in NL

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“…the Liberals’ history in the province is an advantage. Even with similar shares of the vote, the Liberals are likely to win more seats and thus form the official opposition. But with a good campaign, Michael could easily repeat the federal NDP’s exploit and sit on the opposite side of the aisle from Kathy Dunderdale, the PC leader who is likely to be handed a majority government of her own.” Read the full article by clicking the link below. Source: The Huffington Post

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Poll says PC support holding, while the NDP gaining ground

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A newly released poll pegs PC support in Newfoundland and Labrador at 54 percent of voter support, while the NDP were up to 24 percent from 20 percent some months ago; the Liberal Party remained at 22 percent. The poll was conducted between Aug. 15 — the day after Kevin Aylward was appointed leader of the Liberal party — and Aug. 31, the last day of a string of high-profile spending announcements that the governing Tories have made this summer. Premier and PC leader Kathy Dunderdale was pleased with the numbers, as was NDP’s Lorraine Michael whose party moved into 2nd place for the first time. Liberal leader Aylward took the poll results in stride, saying that the Liberals intend to fight for every seat in the province. “This means to me that there is work to do, but I can say this with the candidates that we have now…

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Chretien predicts Liberal-NDP merger… soon or not at all

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“It will be done one day. It will come very quickly or not happen. Look at the way that Harper did that — Harper had MacKay there. [He] made a solemn promise in writing that never he will talk merging with the Reform [Party]. He’s now the minister of defence. Things happen and they happen, sometimes, at moments unexpected.” In 2003, the Progressive Conservatives, led by Peter MacKay, merged with now-Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Canadian Alliance. The Reform Party was the forerunner to the Canadian Alliance. Liberal and NDP officials have denied rumours that Chrétien and NDP stalwarts Ed Broadbent and Roy Romanow chatted occasionally about the possibility of the two parties merging. Source: CBC

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CAW boss supports an NDP-Liberal merger

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Yesterday Ken Lewenza, the president of the Canadian Autoworkers Union, wrote to NDP MP Pat Martin — copying other members of the NDP caucus — praising his courage for promoting the idea “in suggesting that the next leader should work towards a merger or some type of alliance with the Liberal Party.” Martin, an outspoken Winnipeg MP, said this week that he will support a candidate for the NDP leadership who will commit to co-operating with the Liberals, with a view to creating an electoral coalition that could unseat the Tories in the next election. If no other candidate supports the idea, Martin said, he will run. Potential NDP leadership candidates Brian Topp, Thomas Mulcair, Peter Julian, Robert Chisholm and Megan Leslie have all rejected the idea, and so has Liberal Leader Bob Rae, but Martin said he has heard from senior New Democrats who support the idea. The CAW…

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NDP – Liberal merger talk heats up

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‘Musings’ from two former Liberal leaders about an NDP-Liberal union have helped spur growing calls to ‘unite the left’ with the intent of balancing Canada’s political landscape. The idea has attracted the backing of former Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien, who, according to a Quebec columnist, boasted on a return flight from Mr. Layton’s funeral that his plans for a Liberal-NDP merger would have stopped the Conservatives from taking power this year. Meanwhile, former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff said on his Facebook page that Liberals and New Democrats all care about generosity, justice and hope, adding it was a pleasure to “imagine what the future of our country might look like if we put those values first.” However current Liberal leader Bob Rae and a majority of Liberal MPs shot down talk of a merger or a coalition as a waste of time, even as they acknowledged that they face a…

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NDP now sets its sites on its leadership

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With the federal NDP now forced to move on in a world without Jack Layton, eyes are focusing on the party’s leadership. Party president Brian Topp, close advisor to Layton, admits he’s considering a leadership run to succeed Layton. Montreal MP Thomas Mulcair, Layton’s deputy leader, is widely considered to have a serious shot at taking Layton’s place. Other names include former Manitoba premier Gary Doer, former Nova Scotia NDP leader and newly elected MP Robert Chisholm, and veteran MPs Libby Davies and Paul Dewar. Source: The Winnipeg Free Press

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Hundreds turn out for Layton memorial

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Hundreds showed up to Harbourside Park last night for “St. John’s Remembers Jack”. It was a tribute to former NDP Leader Jack Layton who died Monday following a battle with cancer which also allowed the public to sign a book of condolences. In addition to local members of the NDP, other dignitaries present included Liberal MP Scott Simms, provincial Liberal Leader Kevin Aylward, City Councillor Sheilagh O’Leary and Nurses’ Union President Debbie Forward. Source: VOCM

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Layton to get state funeral

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NDP leader Jack Layton, who passed away yesterday morning after a battle with cancer, will be honoured with a state funeral on Saturday in Toronto. State funerals are only automatic in cases of current and former governors general, current and former prime ministers, and sitting members of cabinet; Prime Minister Stephen Harper thought it appropriate to offer a state funeral for Layton, an offer which Layton’s family accepted. The government protocol office is working with the NDP and Layton’s family on details. The last state funeral was on July 3, 2009, for former governor general Roméo LeBlanc. It was held in Memramcook, N.B. Source: CBC

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Jack Layton’s final letter to Canada

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“I am giving this letter to my partner Olivia to share with you in the circumstance in which I cannot continue.”

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Gulf needs real environmental assessment before drilling: Cleary

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NDP Member of Parliament Ryan Cleary says that the Federal Minister for the Environment, Peter Kent, is playing Russian roulette. Cleary is calling on Minister Peter Kent to reconsider his rejection of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board’s request for a full environmental assessment before proceeding with drilling at the Old Harry site. Citing the fact that the area borders five provinces, encompasses 400 coastal communities, and is home to 114 conservation and protected areas, Cleary says the most basic of environmental assessments, a screening, is simply not good enough. Source: VOCM

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NDP says budget surplus should be spent, not put on debt

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Amidst reports that the government will collect about $600 million extra from higher-than-expected oil production this fiscal year, NDP leader Lorraine Michael says “This money, I think, needs to be seen as revenue that has come early, and we [should] keep it until we look at how we need to spend our money in 2012/2013”. Newfoundland and Labrador debt currently sits at $8.2 billion, and Finance Minister Tom Marshall has already committed to applying whatever surplus the province sees towards lowering that debt. Source: CBC

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Noseworthy running for PCs in tough riding

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Despite rumours that he was interested in the leadership of the provincial Liberal party, former Auditor General John Noseworthy has decided to run in the upcoming election for the PC party instead. “I intend to seek the PC nomination in the district of Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi,” John Noseworthy said on his Twitter feed. Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi is the riding held by NDP leader Lorraine Michael, and has been an NDP stronghold since 1987; PC ‘star’ candidate Jerome Kennedy once ran against Michael in 2006 and lost. Noseworthy is best known for a series of 2006 reports that shook politics in Newfoundland and Labrador to the core. His investigations into what is still known as the legislative spending scandal resulted in four politicians — former Tory cabinet minister Ed Byrne, former Liberal cabinet ministers Jim Walsh and Wally Andersen and former New Democratic MHA Randy Collins — being sent to jail.…

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Women being shut out of provincial election?

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So far all three parties are seeing significantly lower numbers of women candidates coming forward for the October provincial election

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This election could be our last chance

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Enough vague promises. This is our last chance to get something right.

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Cleary willing to compromise – to a degree

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“There’s give and take, there’s compromise, but I’ll only compromise so far. There are some things that I pointed out during the election I don’t think [can] be compromised on,” says Ryan Cleary, rookie Newfoundland MP for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl. Cleary will soon learn that compromise or not, he is on the wrong side of a majority government facing a party that has shown no willingness to play ball with the opposition. To his credit, Cleary did manage to get a step closer to one of his goals — a formal inquiry into the collapse of the cod fishery off Newfoundland — as that policy has been built into the NDP platform. Now all he has to do is convince the government to investigate its own ministry.

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Memo to new NDP MPs

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Giggling on hearing the phrase ‘honourable member’ is unbecoming to a federal politician. Get a grip, people.

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Election 2011

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The Indy’s one-stop shop for Election news and info.

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