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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:18 am    Post subject: Newfoundland MHA Steve Kent leaves politics Reply with quote

( a high profile provincial politician from newfoundland is leaving the legislature )

PCs call for nominations as Steve Kent officially leaves politics

Nominations close Friday for PCs, on Thursday for NDP

CBC News Posted: Oct 10, 2017 12:26 PM NT| Last Updated: Oct 10, 2017 12:26 PM NT

Steve Kent's resignation from provincial politics, and as MHA for Mount Pearl North, took effect Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Steve Kent has officially stepped away from elected politics, and the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador is wasting no time trying to fill his shoes.

Nominations for the district of Mount Pearl North opened Tuesday, the date Kent's resignation took effect, and close on Friday at noon.

The governing Liberals have 60 days to announce a date for a byelection, with a vote to be held within 30 days of that date.
■'I'm going to miss this place': Steve Kent looks back on 20 years in politics

Kent represented Mount Pearl North for a decade, but left politics to become the new chief administrative officer for the City of Mount Pearl.

Chuck Nurse, former president of the St. John's firefighters' association, announced on Twitter that he will seek the PC Party's nomination.

The provincial New Democratic Party has also called for nominations, setting a deadline of Thursday, Oct. 12.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ches Crosbie not running for seat vacated by Steve Kent

St. John's lawyer still focusing attention on leadership run

CBC News Posted: Sep 26, 2017 8:16 AM NT| Last Updated: Sep 26, 2017 8:16 AM NT

Ches Crosbie sits down with Here and Now's Anthony Germain to discuss his future in politics.

Despite speculation that Ches Crosbie will run in the upcoming Mount Pearl byelection, the St. John's lawyer says he will not be offering.

During a conversation with Here and Now's Anthony Germain, Crosbie said he was focusing only on the PC party leadership right now.

"It is a serious effort that has to be mounted and the people of that district deserves their full attention," he said.

"I don't think it's a smart thing to do, and I don't think people would appreciate it if you divided your attention."

PC MHA Steve Kent named new top bureaucrat for Mount Pearl

While he is the only person to express interest in running for the party's leadership, Crosbie has still yet to fully commit to it. He says he wants to visit all 40 voting districts in the province before making his decision. He has 10 left to visit.

Crosbie also discussed his campaign videos, his love of James Bond movies and his perceived charisma problem.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( seems like a short nomination period , when compared to what I'm used to )

PC Party calls nominations in Mount Pearl North

Published on October 10, 2017

The provincial executive of the Progressive Conservative Party announced today (Tuesday) that nominations of candidates for the upcoming byelection for the district of Mount Pearl North opened are now open and will close on Friday at 12 p.m. (noon).

The district's seat becomes vacant today when Steve Kent steps down as the MHA. A date for the byelection has not been set, but under the laws as they currently exist, a byelection must be called within 60 days of a vacancy occurring and held within 30 clear days of being called.

Nomination documents may be obtained from and submitted to the party secretary: Desmond Whalen, 1 (709) 427-9548; email: desmondw@mun.ca

Candidates must deposit a $300 non-refundable fee made payable to: The Progressive Conservative Association of Newfoundland & Labrador Inc

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The party always goes with short nomination periods, at least in last several years. Once they find their preferred candidate they call a quick nomination.

Two people have come forward and the party will likely have the nomination meeting sometime next week, giving the candidates very little time.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lester, Nurse Seeking Tory Spot

October 13, 2017 | 3:58 pm

Two are vying for the PC Nomination in Mount Pearl North – the seat
vacated by Tory Steve Kent.

At the close of nominations at noon today, Jim Lester and Chuck Nurse put their names forward for nomination.

The PC Party says information concerning a nomination meeting to select the new candidate will be announced in the coming days.

A date for the by-election has not been set.

The House of Assembly will open for a special sitting on Monday to debate changes to the Elections Act that the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional and outdated.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nomination meeting is this Wednesday. The nomination meeting was called as quickly as it was thought to be, probably due to the House debating special ballot rules longer than expected.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( talk about a rush , the date has already been set for the by election )

The race is on: Writ called for Mount Pearl North byelection

Vote to take place on Nov. 21

CBC News Posted: Oct 23, 2017 7:35 PM NT| Last Updated: Oct 23, 2017 7:35 PM NT

A writ of election has been called for the Mount Pearl North byelection.

The latest race in provincial politics is officially on, as the writ has been dropped to fill a vacant seat in Mount Pearl North.

The election call comes after contentious legislation was passed in the House of Assembly on Friday, changing how elections work in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Due to the new rules, parties will now have eight days to secure candidates to run for the seat, and the byelection must be held on Nov. 21.

The seat was vacated by longtime Tory MHA Steve Kent, after he stepped down to take a high-paying job as chief administrative officer of Mount Pearl.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim Lester Chosen as PC Candidate in Mount Pearl North

October 25, 2017 | 9:18 pm

Two candidates are now in place in the upcoming byelection in Mount Pearl North.

The Tories have chosen farmer Jim Lester over Chuck Nurse to represent the party in the November 21st byelection to fill the seat vacated by Tory MHA Steve Kent.

Nicole Keily has been selected as the NDP candidate in the district.

Jim Burton and Mike Kelly are vying for the Liberal nomination. The nomination meeting will take place Thursday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meet the candidates for the Mount Pearl North byelection

Jim Burton, Jim Lester and Nicole Kieley are running for the seat

CBC News Posted: Oct 26, 2017 10:08 PM NT| Last Updated: Oct 26, 2017 10:08 PM NT

Jim Burton, left, Nicole Kieley and Jim Lester are the three candidates for the Mount Pearl North byelection on Nov. 21.

A women's advocate, a businessman and a farmer — those are the professions of the three candidates put forth by the major political provincial parties for the Mount Pearl North byelection.

The writ was dropped on Monday evening, giving parties eight days to get their candidates in place for the vote on Nov. 21.

As of Thursday night, all three parties had their candidates.

Nicole Kieley

The New Democrats were the first to put forth their nominee, selecting Nicole Kieley.

Kieley serves as executive director for the N.L. Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre (NLSACPC). While there she has been involved with initiatives such as the Journey Project — which aims to make changes to the justice system to protect victims of sexual abuse.

Nicole Kieley
Nicole Kieley is the executive director of the N.L. Sexual Assault and Crisis Prevention Centre, and the NDP candidate for an upcoming byelection. (CBC)

As head of the NLSACPC, Kieley oversees the centre's sexual violence crisis line, where calls are answered by more than 65 volunteers.

Kieley has spent 20 years in the anti-violence sector, and has also served as executive director of the Women in Resource Development Corporation.

The NDP took just six per cent of the votes in the riding in 2015, with Cameron Mercer-Maillet as its candidate.

Jim Lester

The Tory candidate is taking another crack at a seat in Mount Pearl, after narrowly losing out in the Mount Pearl Southlands district in the 2015 election.

Lester, whose family owns and operates Lester's Farm, will take Steve Kent's place as the candidate for Mount Pearl North.

Farmer defends coffee grounds dump site
St. John's farmer Jim Lester will run for the Progressive Conservative Party in the Mount Pearl North byelection. (CBC)

Lester is a father of three, a full-time farmer and agritourism businessman. Lester's Farm grows and sells its own crops, operates a U-pick and serves as a rental place for social functions.

Lester lost out to Paul Lane in the last election by less than five per cent of the vote.

In Mount Pearl North, however, the Progressive Conservatives — with Kent as candidate — took 51 per cent of the vote in 2015.

Jim Burton

After unsuccessfully seeking the federal Liberal nomination in St. John's South-Mount Pearl in 2014, Jim Burton is trying his hand provincially.

Last time out, Burton withdrew his candidacy to give way for Seamus O'Regan, who went on to become the veterans affairs minister.

Jim Burton at the podium
St. John's businessman Jim Burton is the candidate for the Liberal party in Mount Pearl North. (CBC)

Burton is a longtime real estate broker and community volunteer, who currently serves as president of Re/Max Infinity Realty.

In 2015, Burton was named Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year for his work in the community. He chairs the board of Hope Air, an organization that helps cover the cost of air travel for people needing medical procedures outside the province.

In the last provincial election, Liberal candidate Randy Simms earned 42 per cent of the vote.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Byelection a must win for Tories in Steve Kent's old district

All three parties have a lot more stake in Mount Pearl North than just a seat in the legislature

By Peter Cowan, CBC News Posted: Nov 03, 2017 6:00 AM NT| Last Updated: Nov 03, 2017 9:30 AM NT

Jim Burton, Nicole Kieley and Jim Lester are all trying to become the MHA for Mount Pearl North but each of their parties also have a lot at stake in this byelection

It's the first byelection since the Liberals swept to power in 2015, the first chance for voters to pass judgement.

All three parties are trying hard to win the race. At stake is not just a seat in the legislature, but a chance to start building a narrative towards the next election.

Jim Lester, PC

Jim Lester
PC candidate Jim Lester is playing up his farming background, and a family name that's been in the area for 200 years. (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

This district should be Jim Lester's to lose. The area has been solidly Progressive Conservative for the past 24 years.

Lester is battle tested, he ran in Mount Pearl-Southlands in 2015 and came within a few hundred votes of beating then-Liberal Paul Lane.

He's playing up his down to earth farming background, which is why he's the only candidate wearing overalls on his election signs.

And that Lester name, known for it's farm fresh produce, is one he's leveraging in this campaign.

"I've lived here. My kids go to school here. The Lester family in particular, we've been in Mount Pearl for almost 200 years. So I would like to hope that people will look at the individual and see what they themselves can bring," he said in between knocking on a residential street in St. John's.

He'll have to draw on his own name recognition to win.

Steve Kent was an MHA with a lot of personal popularity in the district. And even though Lester said the two are friends, Kent's new job managing the City of Mount Pearl means he has to stay out of the race, he can't campaign to ensure his past supporters vote for Lester in the future.

This race also comes at a time of transition for the party. Paul Davis is leaving as leader but his replacement hasn't yet been decided.

Jim Lester
The district of Mount Pearl North has been held by the Progressive Conservatives for 24 years.

But Lester and the PCs are counting on low approval numbers for the Liberal government to keep voters from voting Liberal.

"I think when people go to the go to the ballot box they're going to say 'OK well, if I say yes to the Liberals, I'm saying it's been OK. You know, keep doing what you're doing. And we'll see again in 2019,'" said Lester.

The PC Party thinks it has a shot at ousting the Liberals in 2019, and that ambition makes this a must win for the party.

It's not a good sign for picking up enough seats in 2019 if the party can't even hang on to a traditionally safe seat in a byelection.

Jim Burton, Liberal

Jim Burton
Jim Burton meets with a supporter during door-to-door campaigning (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

The Liberal Party also thinks it has a shot at taking the seat, which would be the first time it's been Liberal since 1993.

A recent 17 point jump in the polls has put a spring back in the Liberal step (even if no one in the party can point to a direct cause in that surge) and people inside the party know that Jim Burton is the best candidate they could ask for.

Burton already has name recognition from real estate and for the charity work he's done.

He's chair of the board of directors for Hope Air, a charity that helps with travel for people needing medical appointments.

Burton is now hoping to turn his success in other areas of life into success in politics, and at 58 years-old, he said he's running out of time to make the jump.

"Now is the time, if I'm going to do this, I have to do it now," he said.

"Really it's all about passion and wanting to give back. Myself and [my wife] Dera have done very well in our business life throughout Newfoundland and Labrador," he said.

He almost got into federal politics in 2015. After initially saying he'd run for the Liberal nomination in St. John's South-Mount Pearl, he bowed out, citing ongoing business interests, paving the way for Seamus O'Regan to run.

Burton's back room work with the party, helping candidates, and helping to raise hundreds of thousands for the party, has earned him many favours that he can now cash in.

In the week since he's been campaigning he's had the premier and numerous cabinet ministers and MHAs making the rounds on his behalf.

The federal Liberals are still extremely popular in the province, and so last weekend's door knocking with O'Regan is influential.

But he downplays that part of his campaign.

"I'm not really interested in a free ticket. I'm someone who's always worked hard for what I achieved in my life. This is no different," Burton said.

For the Liberals there's very little downside in this byelection. If they lose, the excuses are already written. It's a traditionally PC area and byelections are usually hard for governments.

But if they win, it's a boost of confidence in the party, and in Dwight Ball as premier.

Nicole Kieley, NDP

Nicole Keiley
Nicole Keiley says her accomplishments stack up against two better known candidates (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

Like the PC's, this byelection comes as the NDP is starting to turn its attention to finding a new leader.

Earle McCurdy stepped down in September, leaving Lorraine Michael to run the party until a new leader can be chosen.

Nicole Kieley, the party's candidate, knows that any success will come from her own track record in the community, not because of strong traditional support for the NDP.

She doesn't have the same brand name recognition as Burton or Lester, but she thinks her accomplishments will stack up.

"Certainly there [are] well known folks. I feel that I am somebody who has contributed to the community. It's one thing to be well known and then there's another thing to be an individual who has lived and supported an area and known in a way of contributing," she said.

Nicole Kieley
Nicole Kieley's says her work in for non profit groups will give voters a socially progressive choice in the by-election (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

Kieley headed up the graduate students union at Memorial University, the Women in Resource Development Corporation and currently leads the NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre.

It will be a tough race for Keiley to make her mark however, with the NDP a distant third in polls provincially.

The best a candidate has done in the area was Cle Newhook, who got 20.7% of the vote in 1988. Exceeding that number would already be a win.

It's not just the three big parties with candidates, Hudson Stratton has also entered the race as an independent.

But all three parties know that a byelection win gives you not just a seat in the legislature, but momentum and bragging rights.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Four Running in Mount Pearl North Byelection as Nominations Close

October 31, 2017 | 5:16 pmLast Updated:October 31, 2017 | 8:04 pm

Nominations have closed for the Mount Pearl North byelection, and there are four names on the ballot.

Carrying the Liberal banner is Jim Burton, the NDP candidate is Nicole Kieley and for the Tories is Jim Lester.

An independent nominee has also put their name forward. Hudson Stratton will be on the ballot for the seat.

Advance polling days will be on Wednesday, November 15 and Saturday, November 18, both from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Byelection date is November 21.

Those who requested special ballots for the upcoming byelection for Mount Pear North will begin receiving their voting kits in the mail after November 1st.

There will be two locations for special ballot voting, including the First United Church on 221 Park Avenue in Mount Pearl and Elections Newfoundland and Labrador Head Office at 39 Hallett Crescent in St. John’s.

They will be opened Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This will be the first byelection in the province after the changes to special ballot voting. The provincial government spent a week debating and deliberating change to special ballots.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the advance polls are happening today and Saturday for this by elections , it appears the pc's are facing a stronger than expected challenge from the liberals in the riding and ndp also brought in Jagmeet Singh even though its a provincial vote )

First Mount Pearl North Advance Poll Today

November 15, 2017 | 11:50 amLast Updated:November 15, 2017 | 11:55 am

Advance polls are open today in the district of Mount Pearl North.

Residents are electing a new MHA to replace Steve Kent who stepped down to take a job with the City of Mount Pearl.

The advance poll will be open until 8:00 this evening at First United Church in Mount Pearl.

Four people are running to represent the district in the House of Assembly, Liberal Jim Burton, PC Jim Lester, the NDP’s Nicole Keiley, and Independant candidate Hudson Stratton.

A second advance poll will take place this Saturday. The byelection will take place on
Tuesday, November 21st.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( would seem to indicate strong turnout for a by election or people just wanted to vote early )

Over 500 Voters in First Advance Poll for Mount Pearl North

November 16, 2017 | 10:47 am

Over 500 people turned out in Mount Pearl North yesterday for the first advance poll in the district byelection.

Of the 9,975 registered voters in the district, 566 turned out to cast their ballots prior to the November 21st byelection.

A second advance poll will take place on Saturday at First United Church on Park Avenue from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The byelection was called to fill the vacancy left when former MHA Steve Kent stepped down to take a job with the city of Mount Pearl.


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Financial squeeze top of mind in Mount Pearl North

Ashley Fitzpatrick ashley.fitzpatrick@thetelegram.com
Published: Nov. 17, 2017, 8:47 p.m. Updated: 10 hours ago

Politics can be daunting to the people who should be running.
Tuesday is election day in Mount Pearl North. - studiom1/123RF

Candidates say they’re hearing concerns about power bills, taxes, provincial outlook

Candidates in the Mount Pearl North byelection have all been hearing worry at the doors over personal finances and the provincial economy, as they power through to the finish of their campaigns.

In interviews Friday, each said door-to-door visits have proven there is genuine concern among people in the district over power rates, paired with an expressed desire for a generally stronger, more diversified provincial economy.

Hudson Stratton

Found knocking on doors on Luther Place, a cul-de-sac not far off Farrell Drive, the Independent candidate told The Telegram he entered the race because he felt his family and community weren’t necessarily reflected in the slate of party candidates.

“These people (in Mount Pearl North) are my neighbours. You know, I live in an older part of Mount Pearl and this is going to be next to me when I go home at night and it’s there when I go out in the morning,” he said.

Stratton has worked in the restaurant and bar industry as a manager and owner, going on to start a paint and drywall company.

As for how he would try to help address the concerns? He spoke a lot about tourism, suggesting potential for the province to capture more dollars per visitor, through the encouragement of rapid growth in local business partnerships and tour packages.

Closer to home, he said he is excited by the prospect of working with the new city council and is interested in promoting a generally progressive, collaborative approach.

He said he’s not anti-party and would consider, if elected, aligning with a party before the next general election.

Jim Burton

The Liberal candidate dropped by his campaign headquarters around noon for a coffee and questions, before heading back out for more door-to-door work.

Well known for his work in local real estate and as an airplane pilot and volunteer, not everyone knows he got a start in real estate with training in Mount Pearl, or sold 20 homes his first year in the area.

If elected, he said, his top priority would be working within government to address power rates and avoid overwhelming increases as a result of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.

“This is about looking after our seniors, looking after our first-time homebuyers. … We cannot, as a province, be attracting and helping this community and attract businesses to Newfoundland and Labrador if we’re not competitive with the rest of Atlantic Canada,” he said.

Burton said he would also try to import businesses. He wants to target large corporations potentially interested in escaping the costs associated with current locations in centres like Toronto or Ottawa and bring them into the province.

“I’m thinking about manufacturing and I’m thinking about our power we’ve got coming on stream. Who says we can’t be global leaders? We can,” he said.

Burton also suggested benefit in a Liberal-to-Liberal relationship with MP Seamus O’Regan.

Jim Lester

The Progressive Conservative candidate was campaigning with PC Leader Paul Davis on Billard Avenue when The Telegram caught up to him.

“One of the most emerging and frightening topics I’m hearing now is how many young people are considering leaving this province and leaving this district,” Lester said.

He pointed to what he characterized as mistakes made in the past two years, suggesting over-taxation by the Liberals.

Asked what he might do, he said it’s key to change the perspective on the economy. That includes talking up success stories that might not have been noticed much to date, to encourage others and share lessons learned.

“We have to look at more ways to circulate that hard-earned dollar around within our community before it has to leave the province,” he added.

The businessman and farmer by trade said health care would be a personal interest, including health education, improving personal lifestyles and improving the food we eat.

“That will, not tomorrow, but within several years, maybe a decade, make a big difference when it comes to our health care system and people’s overall optimism,” he said.

Nicole Kieley

The New Democratic Party candidate was met at her campaign office, on a stopover during a similar day of door-to-door canvassing.

Asked why she decided to run, the executive director with the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre said it grew out of her work over the past 20 years in anti-violence efforts, in the community.

“That type of work, where you are supporting communities, supporting individuals, seeing the impact of what government decision-making and budgets has had on people … it gave me inspiration to have a voice at the House of Assembly that is community minded and is looking at longer-term and progressive solutions to dealing with our debt, but also increasing our revenue and generating economic growth,” she said.

Kieley said she was inspired by recent elections of younger people and women to leadership positions on city council and beyond.

Asked what she might do with the economy in mind, she said she wants to see the government start to again view certain program spending as investment rather than economic liability.

“That’s actually going to generate long-term goals — around alleviating pressure on our health care system, on our justice system,” she said, “and when we look at poverty reduction, there’s a business case to be said.”

She promoted standing for more from oil companies and other resource sector companies, taking a harder line when development deals are being struck.

Saturday will mark the second advanced poll for the byelection, running to 8 p.m. The first advance poll was held Nov. 15, with 566 votes cast.

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 21.


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Mount Pearl clews up second advance poll before Tuesday’s byelection

The Telegram
Published: Nov. 19, 2017, 7:21 a.m. Updated: 7 hours ago

Mount Pearl — After two advance polling days before the Mount Pearl North provincial byelection to fill a seat left vacant when Steve Kent resigned as MHA in October a total of 1,046 votes have been cast.

There are 9,975 registered voters in the district.
Kent resigned to take up a position as chief administrative officer for the City of Mount Pearl.

Four candidates are running in the byelection: Jim Burton, Liberal; Nicole Kieley, NDP; Jim Lester, PC, and Hudson Stratton, who is running as an independent.

Byelection day is Tuesday, Nov. 21 and polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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