Liberal Leader Dwight Ball re-elected to Newfoundland and Labrador
Leader Dwight Ball’s Liberal Party is re-elected to Newfoundland and Labrador, but will form a minority government.
L are voters expressed their frustration with the traditional policy by reducing the Liberals to minority status in place, a rare event in the history of the province.
The last time a incumbent government won less than a majority was in 1971, when the province’s first premier, Joey Smallwood, failed to win his seventh consecutive majority government.
Prime Minister Dwight Ball’s Liberals won 20 of the 40-seat legislature, the Progressive Conservatives – led by political rookie Ches Crosbie – won 15 seats, the New Democrats won three, and the portrait is completed by two independent.
Mr. Ball took a conciliatory tone in a victory speech that emphasized his commitment to working with other members of the legislature. He never mentioned the now minority status of his government.
“It is important that we work together for the good of all people in Newfoundland and Labrador,” he said. “I will continue to welcome the collaboration within the chamber.”
The Prime Minister then reminded his supporters that the Liberals had worked hard to deal with a very difficult economic situation.
“We have overcome the worst financial situation this province has ever faced,” he said. “We will restore budget surpluses under this new mandate.”
In a very different speech to his supporters in Saint John, Crosbie predicted that the Liberal government would be overthrown within a year because of voters’ dissatisfaction with the indecision and lack of direction of the government. left.
“We are now in a situation of constitutional instability … The popular vote is extremely tight,” he said.
Crosbie said he will soon talk to the newly elected New Democrats and independents to ensure the path to the province leads to prosperity, hope and job creation.
“I do not concede victory to the Liberals,” he said. “They will have to fight … to hold on to power.”
The lukewarm victory of the Liberals marks the first time in the history of the province that a party in power fails to win at least three consecutive majorities.
Across the country, the Liberals in Newfoundland and Labrador have successfully ended a series of victories won by right-wing parties against outgoing governments – including four Liberals – in the last five provincial elections.
Recent polls showed a close race between the Liberals seeking a second term, and the Progressive Conservatives, led by lawyer Ches Crosbie – the son of former federal minister John Crosbie.
The Liberals have struggled to revive a declining economy and tackle a huge debt, led by a leader who has not really been appreciated by the electorate.
Mr. Crosbie’s Conservatives were blamed for the multi-billion dollar debacle of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.
The project was indeed approved by a previous Conservative government. Muskrat Falls is now two years late and its initial cost has doubled to $ 12.5 billion.
Residents have been warned that their electricity rates will need to double to cover costs, and an ongoing judicial inquiry has garnered disturbing information about this deranged megaproject.
In addition, the electorate does not seem to particularly appreciate Mr. Crosbie, this lawyer and political recruit who was elected Conservative leader a little over a year ago.
Ches Crosbie obviously promised change.
New Democrats in the province, led by economist Alison Coffin, were caught off guard when Dwight Ball, a former pharmacist, called an early election to avoid a clash with the federal vote this fall. There were only 14 NDP candidates running in provincial elections.
When the provincial election was called, the Liberals held 27 seats out of 40, the Conservatives eight, the NDP two, and there were three independents.