Politicians across the country say that the federal Conservative government has crossed a dangerous line by meddling in provincial elections. In recent weeks members and even Ministers of the federal government have directly taken on provincial politicians – violating the unwritten rule to respect federal/provincial political barriers. Last week federal Finance minister Jim Flaherty was quoted saying that Ontario “can’t afford four more years of the same Dalton McGuinty government.” Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz on the NDP’s majority win this week in Manitoba: “I prefer to work with the farmers of Manitoba than an NDP government that has gone past its best-before date.” And in PEI, the Chronicle Herald is reporting accusations of a setup against Robert Ghiz’s Liberal party during that election. Read more at the Chronicle Herald via the link below. Has there been any instances of federal interference in Newfoundland and Labrador? Or did the PCs…
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.
The NDP: A Long way to go
In this 3-part series, the results of the 2007 election are represented geographically, giving us an idea of the work ahead for each party to win even just one more seat.
George Murphy, NDP candidate for St. John’s East, says a fundraising letter sent out prior to the issuing of the election writ was done by accident and is asking his supporters to ignore it. Candidates are forbidden by law to raise money until the election writ is officially issued, which isn’t expected to happen until next Monday. The chief electoral office has also received a copy of Murphy’s letter and a spokesperson says Murphy will be asked to repay any money raised. Source: CBC
NDP Leader Lorraine Michael unveiled Monday the latest part of her party’s platform — support for needs-based, non-repayable grants — in a campaign-style event at Memorial University’s Student Centre. “I’m delighted to be able to let students in this province know, that no matter where they go to school in this province, as post secondary students, [they] do not think that they should have to carry debt loads,” said Michael, adding that there are still post-secondary students who cannot afford to get an education. The grants would eventually replace the loan system and cover all 8,000 post secondary students in the province who receive student loans. The announcement was the central piece of the NDPs education platform. Source: CBC
“The most interesting news from the spate of provincial election campaigns underway comes from Newfoundland and Labrador, which could be about to take a leap forward for the cause of women in politics.” The Globe and Mail writes today about the probability that Newfoundland and Labrador will elect its first woman Premier, and also that her opposition may also be led by a woman. Source: The Globe and Mail
“…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