Independent MHA Paul Lane speaks out on the ways consensus is formed and decisions are made in N.L. politics, disrupting the illusion of representative democracy in the province.
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Mumbo Jumbo and Fuddle Duddle – as synonyms go, here comes trouble! A column not in defense of the Muskrat Falls protesters in Lake Melville but in defense of decent dissent in politics – “I might not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll fight to the death your right to say it”
The ballots have been counted and results are in. The PCs, as expected, won their third majority government in Newfoundland and Labrador by winning 37 seats (56% of the popular vote). The Liberal party made a gain of 2 seats to hold on to official opposition status by winning 6 seats in total (19% of the popular vote). The NDP made party history by winning 5 seats in total (and 25% of the popular vote). For a list of district-by-district winners for the 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial election, along with their share of the vote, click here. Kathy Dunderdale becomes the first woman elected Premier in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history, and the 2nd ever in Canada.
Newfoundland and Labrador is entering its final full week of its provincial election campaign, and VOCM is giving an update on where the leaders will be today. PC Leader Kathy Dunderdale will begin this week’s campaign in St. John’s with a visit to the Independent Living Resource Centre on Escasoni Place. She’s then heading off to the west coast where she will campaign with Wally Young in Rocky Harbour and Darryl Kelly in Deer Lake. Liberal Leader Kevin Aylward is focusing his energies today in St. George’s-Stephenville East where he’s hoping to win back the district he held for 18 years away from incumbent, Joan Burke. NDP Leader Lorraine Michael is making an announcement this morning at 11 at her campaign office concerning the 2014 Health Accord. Michael will be joined by Megan Leslie, the NDP MP for Halifax. Stay tuned this week for TheIndependent.ca’s review of the three political…
Barring a monumental collapse in support, the party will be just fine heading into their 3rd consecutive majority government.
Len Simms, a former PC leader and a minister in former premier Brian Peckford’s cabinet, has stepped down as the head of the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation so he can help the provincial Progressive Conservative Party in the upcoming election campaign. Former premier Danny Williams appointed him head of the NLHC in 2005, a role he left in 2007 to help Williams get re-elected. It will be interesting to see where Simms may end up after the election finishes. Source: CBC
Brad Cabana, a man who has run for the leadership of both the PC party and the Liberal party within the past year, says he is going forward with legal action against the government following a sparring battle between he and Tourism Minister Terry French on an open line talk show – where the minister called Cabana a “political prostitute”. Cabana gave French until 4:00pm yesterday to both issue an apology and resign – which didn’t happen. Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s reaction to the potential lawsuit? “Knock yourself out, Mr. Cabana,” she said. Source: CBC