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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Progressive Tory wrote:
Polling has been all over the place for the most part. Mainstreet released one last week showing a tie, with the PCs ahead by a point or so. Others have had the Liberals with a fairly comfortable lead, but still under 10 points which is fairly close for NL. I could see the Liberals being re-elected but there’s so much apathy in the province that it’s hard to tell. I think it could be a close election with candidates making a big difference but I don’t know if the PCs are strong enough outside the Avalon Peninsula to win the seats they need.


Thanks for the insight!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a mess! NDP leader Gerry Rogers, who was elected 10 months ago, has announced she is quitting as leader and not seeking re-election. I thought first it may be due to health but she says her health is good and that she had been thinking about not running for months. Supposedly there’s still much division within the party. I also saw comments this morning that in last year’s leadership race that Rogers had been supporting her opponent Alison Coffin and then decided to launch her own bid against her. I had not heard this mentioned before. Coffin teaches economics at MUN, she comes from the more pragmatic wing of the party who wants to see a party more serious about actually winning as opposed to being an activist party. More details on their leadership race will be announced tomorrow.
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What a mess! NDP leader Gerry Rogers, who was elected 10 months ago, has announced she is quitting as leader and not seeking re-election. I thought first it may be due to health but she says her health is good and that she had been thinking about not running for months. Supposedly there’s still much division within the party. I also saw comments this morning that in last year’s leadership race that Rogers had been supporting her opponent Alison Coffin and then decided to launch her own bid against her. I had not heard this mentioned before. Coffin teaches economics at MUN, she comes from the more pragmatic wing of the party who wants to see a party more serious about actually winning as opposed to being an activist party. More details on their leadership race will be announced tomorrow.


I would imagine quickie leadership convention or simply acclaiming a leader with an internal vote given the election is inside of ten months away?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( it does seem like an odd situation , for a new leader to quit in an election year . although they'd still have time to select a new leader before the fall )


NDP leader steps down ahead of provincial election in Newfoundland and Labrador


The Canadian Press

Published: 7 hours ago
Updated: 33 minutes ago



ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Less than a year after taking her party's reins, Newfoundland and Labrador's NDP leader has announced plans to step down just months before a provincial election.

After eight years as an elected official, Gerry Rogers will not re-offer, saying she could not commit to four more years in the House of Assembly.


The NDP currently has two seats in the house, including Rogers, who was elected leader last April.

"I knew the party needed a leader that had a seat in the house and so I stepped up. I had not thought that I wasn't going to be able to do another four years," Rogers told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.

"Politicians come and go and I think we have to take turns serving the people of the province. I decided that this really is the time in my life where I have to step aside."

Earlier in the day, Rogers thanked her supporters with a speech calling for better decision-making and greater diversity in provincial politics.

She criticized her opponents' past decisions -- like the sanctioning and management of the over-budget Muskrat Falls project -- and urged politicians to listen to citizens' concerns.

"I believe there is a different way of doing politics, one where we work together in collaboration for the benefit of the people of our province."

Her departure leaves the party with limited time to find a new leader ahead of a provincial election expected in October.

A December Corporate Research Associates poll suggested the NDP was in third place province-wide, with a large portion of voters still undecided.

Rogers was first elected to the provincial House of Assembly in 2011. She will stay on as representative for her St. John's Centre district until the general election.

Rogers said she regrets leaving the party in a difficult position with an election looming, but said she trusts the party's membership to rise to the challenge in coming months.

"It really was my personal decision and I'm very much aware of the implications of my decision, particularly because we don't know when the election will be called," she said.

Last year, the province's legislature was rocked by harassment allegations that resulted in the ouster of two members of the Liberal cabinet. They prompted a lengthy debate on sexism and harassment in provincial politics.

Rogers said she thinks the atmosphere has improved since then, but said it was sometimes a challenging environment to work in.

"Politics as it is practised can be a pretty difficult job, I'm amazed at how well I was able to do it and adapt to an environment and find ways to work around some of the hostility and some of the inappropriateness," she said.

Before entering politics, Rogers was an activist and filmmaker. Her 2000 film "My Left Breast" documented her battle with breast cancer, and was well-received at festivals around the world.

Rogers is also the first openly gay leader of a political party in Newfoundland and Labrador.

"I know how important it is to have the diversity of our population sitting at the table where decisions are made," Rogers said.

"We are (530,000) people in a time of huge challenges, but they are not insurmountable if we work together."


https://www.capebretonpost.com/news/regional/ndp-leader-steps-down-ahead-of-provincial-election-in-newfoundland-and-labrador-283743/
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
Progressive Tory wrote:
What a mess! NDP leader Gerry Rogers, who was elected 10 months ago, has announced she is quitting as leader and not seeking re-election. I thought first it may be due to health but she says her health is good and that she had been thinking about not running for months. Supposedly there’s still much division within the party. I also saw comments this morning that in last year’s leadership race that Rogers had been supporting her opponent Alison Coffin and then decided to launch her own bid against her. I had not heard this mentioned before. Coffin teaches economics at MUN, she comes from the more pragmatic wing of the party who wants to see a party more serious about actually winning as opposed to being an activist party. More details on their leadership race will be announced tomorrow.


I would imagine quickie leadership convention or simply acclaiming a leader with an internal vote given the election is inside of ten months away?


They’re giving more details tomorrow. I wouldn’t be overly surprised to see someone acclaimed to the position. But I’m guessing they’ll go with the quickie leadership root. Their membership is only tiny so not hard to pull off.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alison Coffin announced today she will seek the leadership of the NDP once again. Mark Gruchy also announced that he’s interested in seeking the leadership. He’s a criminal defence lawyer who has served on the NDP provincial executive, he ran in the last provincial election in the Tory stronghold of Cape St. Francis.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Newfoundland and Labrador NDP announces rules for leadership race


David Maher (david.maher@thetelegram.com)

Published: 12 hours ago
Updated: 3 hours ago



Alison Coffin
Economist and former leadership candidate Alison Coffin is the first person to come forward with her intention to seek the NDP leadership in Newfoundland and Labrador. - Contributed


Delegate voting will take place online or via telephone until March 16

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — It won’t be long before the New Democratic Party has a new leader – just about a month, to be precise.

Two days after NDP Leader Gerry Rogers announced her resignation as leader, the party will find out who comes next on March 16.


Nominations will be accepted until March 1. A completed nomination package will have to be completed, including signatures from 20 members of the NDP. Of those 20, 10 signatures must come from people of marginalized genders, according to a party news release. Essentially, that means a nomination package can be half represented by men, while the other half must represent women and non-binary members of the NDP.

Along with a headshot and short biography, candidates must pay a non-refundable $1,000 fee in order to take part in the leadership race.

Those who wish to vote in the race will have to become a party member before March 10. Voting will take place online or via telephone until March 16.

“We are committed to an open, transparent, and democratic process for this leadership contest. While this contest was not planned, we have a dedicated team engaged to lead the process,” party president Lynn Moore stated in a news release.

Lawyer Kyle Rees will serve as chief electoral officer for the leadership race.

Rogers has previously stated she will stay on as leader of the party until a new leader is selected, meaning she’ll sit in the House of Assembly as leader when the legislature opens on March 4.

Economist and former leadership candidate Alison Coffin is the first person to come forward with her intention to seek the party leadership.

Premier Dwight Ball has indicated the provincial election will take place between April 1 and Nov. 25 of this year.

https://www.thewesternstar.com/news/local/ndp-announces-rules-for-leadership-race-284648/
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