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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It won't help Manning that Loyola Sullivan is destined to be elected. I'd say a lot of his votes last time was due to people knowing he was the only chance of a representation at the Cabinet table.

He still commands a lot of popularity in parts of the riding, especially the south shore. He did very well there last election. Hell, he even MC'ed my nans birthda in Placentia. And he lost because of ABC mostly. I still think he capable of squeeking out a victory there.

I figured he would have too, and he may very well if he runs. I've just heard that polling done by the party shows it's unlikely.

Polling can change drastically once the writ is dropped and campaigning begins
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm aware of that but it doesn't mean the CPC will allow him to run.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Manning gets back in the game

Keith Gosse/The Telegram
Fabian Manning is greeted by supporters as he arrives at a news conference to announce his intention to run as a Conservative in the Avalon riding during the upcoming federal election. At his side are his wife Sandra and daughter Heather (right).
Published on March 29, 2011
Published on March 29, 2011
James McLeod
The Telegram Many provincial MHAs show support at campaign kickoff
Topics : ABC , NDP , Progressive Conservative Party , Mount Pearl , Newfoundland and Labrador
Provincial cabinet ministers, senators, chanting supporters and a band crowded into the Holyrood Star of the Sea Hall Monday night.

They were all there to welcome Tory Fabian Manning back into elected politics.

Manning announced he was resigning his seat in the Senate to run for the riding of Avalon in the May 2 election.

“In a choice between the Senate and the Avalon, I chose the Avalon,” Manning declared before a crowd of cheering supporters.

On Monday, the lay of the land for the election was starting to firm up, with former journalist Ryan Cleary confirmed as the candidate for the NDP in St. John’s South-Mount Pearl.

“Harper has not only shown contempt for Parliament — he has shown contempt for Newfoundland and Labrador,” Cleary said.

Former provincial finance minister and fisheries ambassador

Loyola Sullivan is expected to announce this morning that he will be the Conservative candidate in the riding of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl.

But it was the Manning announcement that has been speculated about for weeks, with even his wife saying he would be crazy to give up a senate seat.

Senators hold their position until the age of 75, and get paid more than $130,000 annually.

Manning was elected to the House of Commons in 2006, but he lost his seat in the 2008 federal election.

During that campaign, then-premier Danny Williams targeted Manning as part of his ABC (Anything But Conservative) campaign.

Things got so bitter that Manning accused an MHA of threatening one of his campaign workers, and Williams said Manning should stop dealing in “deceit and telling lies.”

Shortly after the election, Manning was appointed to the senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Asked by reporters, Manning said he was in the election to win, but wouldn’t rule out returning to the senate if he lost the election, and was offered the job again.

“In a choice between the Senate and the Avalon, I chose the Avalon.” - Fabian Manning
But the mood in the room emphasized this campaign would be different.

Tourism Minister Terry French, was sitting conspicuously in the front row as Manning made his announcement Monday night.

He said that it was hard to withdraw support from Manning and other Conservatives during the last election, but this time around they’ll be out in full force.

“An awful lot of us spent our lifetime campaigning for the Progressive Conservative Party and in turn the Conservative Party,” he said. “I think the statement was made the last time with the ABC campaign, (but) I mean that was tough for an awful lot of us.”

To drive the point home, French was joined by Justice Minister Felix Collins, Transportation and Works Minister Tom Hedderson, and MHAs Keith Hutchings and Calvin Peach.

Manning will also be receiving support from other heavy hitters. Senator Elizabeth Marshall will be heavily involved in his campaign, and on Thursday Harper will be in the province to lend his support.

For supporter Robert Lundrigan, it was good to be back in Manning’s corner.

Lundrigan said he stayed quiet in 2008, and withheld his support.

“I was a provincial government employee last time,” Lundrigan said. “My support was clouded. I was in a different place in my life and I didn’t openly support anyone.”

Eta Nash, meanwhile, said she never wavered.

“The mood is excellent here this evening,” she said. “His chances are 100 per cent.”

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Conservatives seem set to be shut out of Newfoundland and Labrador once again. Here's a poll done in the three ridings they have the best shot in.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Call me crazy;
But I am starting to think they may not need them.

The polls showing the NDP crushing the Bloc and Liberals provide for a very odd statistical situation. If Tory strength is concentrated in Quebec and Eastern Quebec they may actually end up with a wash of seats, and with the latest polls showing nearly a 12 point gap between the Tories and the Liberals in Ontario, we could see the 75 seat shuffle for the Tories in Ontario.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Newfoundland and Labrador will have to seperate without an MP in a majority government.
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