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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The NDP have booked a room for tomorrow to make the announcement on the leadership. Looks as though they’ll probably announce Alison Coffin as leader is a bit of a rally.

The big NDP news today is that St. John’s Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O’Leary is challenging Lorraine Michael for the NDP nomination in St. John’s East Quidi Vidi.


Saves an expensive leadership contest at least;

Who do you think take the St. John’s East Quidi Vidi nomination?


Really don’t know? I imagine they’re hoping Lorraine just quits. I heard that O’Leary had been planning this, I imagine she’s well organized for it. But Michael is quite popular, it’s not 13 years since she was elected and she has taken out some big name opponents. But this is all internal so who knows. O’Leary ran for the NDP in the by-election to replace Kathy Dunderdale, so she actually stood by Lorraine and supported her just months after the NDP caucus revolt in the fall of 2013. She may have been positioning for leader at that time though.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New NDP Leader Alison Coffin says party will be ready if spring election called



New leader has only a few months to turn around the party's fortunes


CBC News · Posted: Mar 05, 2019 11:08 AM NT | Last Updated: March 5



Alison Coffin is the new leader of the NDP in Newfoundland and Labrador. (Peter Cowan/CBC)


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Alison Coffin, the new leader of Newfoundland and Labrador's New Democratic Party, says the party will be ready if a spring election is called.

The party announced Coffin was the new leader Tuesday morning in St. John's, after the economist was the only one to put her name forward to replace outgoing leader Gerry Rogers.


Coffin wasted no time in turning her attention to the other political parties, taking shots at the Muskrat Falls megaproject and the deal that the Liberal government signed with Canopy Growth for marijuana distribution.


"Both the Liberals and Conservatives have been complicit in what is nothing short of negligence," Coffin said, referring to Muskrat Falls.

She vowed that if there is a provincial election this spring, the NDP will be ready.

Taking over close to election

Coffin ran for the leadership in 2018 but lost to Rogers, who stepped down in February, saying she couldn't commit to another four years as an MHA.

Coffin says she understands Rogers's decision and doesn't blame her, but says she'd be in a better position if she had taken over the party last year instead of right before a provincial election.

"I certainly would have contributed to the development of the platform a little bit more and I would have a little bit more knowledge about what our potential candidates are. But I think that Gerry has done a stellar job of getting our election planning committee ready," she said.


On Tuesday, Coffin said Rogers and MHA Lorraine Michael — another former leader — are "two of the finest MHAs the province has ever seen."

NDP behind on election preparedness

Coffin insists the party will be ready if there's a spring election, but the NDP is already behind the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives in some key areas.

The other two parties have already confirmed several candidates, but the NDP has not.

In one district where the NDP is traditionally strongest, Michael is being challenged for the St. John's East-Quidi Vidi nomination by St.John's Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O'Leary.

Coffin will also have to raise money to fight an election. Party president Lynn Moore said while the party isn't in debt, it doesn't have a war chest for an election that could be just a few months away.

Compare that with the governing Liberals, who have been quietly tucking away hundreds of thousands of dollars by holding glitzy leader dinners, charging $500 a plate.

The NDP is also a distant third on the polls. Last month MQO polling showed the party had just 12 per cent of decided voters, 30 points behind the PCs, and down four points from four months earlier.


"I know that our province needs a shakeup in government, and I think I can provide that change," Coffin said when she launched her leadership bid.

Lawyer Mark Gruchy had been mulling running for leadership, but in the end, Coffin was the only one who stepped forward as a candidate.

Coffin plans to travel

Coffin won't have a seat in the House of Assembly, won't be able to ask questions of the other leaders. It's the same situation former leader Earle McCurdy found himself in after not winning a seat in the 2015 election. He cited his lack of a seat as one of the reasons for stepping down in 2017.

Since she won't be in the House, she plans to use her time to travel the province, working to build up district associations. It's a promise that former leaders like Michael and McCurdy made, but the party has never made much progress building its base of volunteers and organizers outside the St. John's area.

Coffin also has to wind down her current jobs. She said work is underway to hand over her duties with the Memorial University Faculty Association.

She's also teaching a university course that she'll need to finish before she can focus on her leader duties full-time.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/new-leader-ndp-annouced-alison-coffin-1.5043186
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Three candidates are seeking the PC nomination in the district of Mount Scio; Lloyd Power, Lou Puddister and Keith Culleton. The district is currently represented by Independent MHA Dale Kirby. Kirby was booted from cabinet and the Liberal caucus following harassment allegations that he was pretty much cleared of. He likely won’t seek re-election but even if he did he’s not personally popular. This seat should be the PCs to lose.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lorraine Michael has announced she won’t seek re-election in order to allow new leader Allison Coffin run in the seat. No word on what St. Jobn’s Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O’Leary will do now regarding the nomination.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NDP MHA Lorraine Michael steps aside, leader Alison Coffin to run in St. John's East-Quidi Vidi


Coffin will run in district Michael has held since 2006


CBC News · Posted: Mar 14, 2019 11:14 AM NT | Last Updated: 6 hours ago


Former NDP leader Lorraine Michael and current leader Alison Coffin at Thursday's news conference announcing Michael will step aside so Coffin can run in St. John's East-Quidi Vidi district. (Katie Breen/CBC)


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Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party leader Alison Coffin announced Thursday that she will run in the St. John's East-Quidi Vidi district, with NDP MHA Lorraine Michael stepping aside.

There will be no incumbent NDP MHAs in the next provincial election.

Michael told reporters the decision has nothing to do with her health. She said she is energetic and plans to campaign door-to-door with Coffin.


Coffin thanked Michael "for always having the best interests of the people and the province closest to her heart."

"Lorraine," Coffin said, turning to face Michael, who was sitting next to her, "I will do everything in my power to reward your confidence in me."

The two women then hugged each other.

Alison Coffin, right, thanks Lorraine Michael for 'always having the best interests of the people and province close to her heart.' (Katie Breen/CBC)

District is 'an important home of the NDP'

Michael said the "decision comes following many discussions with my party and the election planning team."

She said ultimately everyone agrees that it's important for the leader to have a seat in the House of Assembly.


Lorraine Michael says she is proud and grateful to have represented voters of St. John's East-Quidi Vidi. (Katie Breen/CBC)

Michael said St. John's East-QuidiVidi is "an important home of the NDP."

"The party values the district and the voters in the district have, for over 30 years, showed up at the polls to show us that they value having the NDP represent them in the House of Assembly," she said.

She urged voters in the riding to vote for Coffin in the 2019 provincial election.

Nomination showdown?

Earlier this month, St. John's Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O'Leary announced that she planned on challenging for the nomination in the district.

When asked if there had been any discussion with O'Leary about her plans for the nomination challenge, Coffin replied, "Absolutely there has been a thorough discussion with her."

"We have invited her to join our team as we plan to have a successful slate of candidates for the next election," she continued.


That appears to be news to O'Leary, who initially declined comment to CBC after the announcement Thursday morning.

Later, she said she "needs time to think" and that "it's a lot to process" and she needs time to figure out "what's right for me and the public."

'I would put our leader and party first'

Earlier this month, Michael had alluded to possibly stepping aside and letting the leader run, for the good of the party.

She told CBC Radio's St. John's Morning Show on March 4 that — as of that date — she had plans to run in the St. John's East-Quidi Vidi district.

"Who knows, the new leader may also be interested in seeking the nomination of St. John's East-Quidi Vidi. And of course if that were the case I would put our leader and the party first, knowing that we have to get our leader elected. I would do that. But right now I intend to run for the nomination in St. John's East-Quidi Vidi," she said at the time.

The latest development for the NDP comes on the heels of a decision by NDP leader Gerry Rogers in February, when she announced she would be stepping down and not seeing re-election.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/coffin-to-run-st-johns-east-1.5056083
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sheilagh O'Leary now says she will not run for the party at all in the upcoming election. O'Leary has enough name recognition and supporters that she could have been a strong candidate in many districts in the city.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lloyd Power was chosen as the PC candidate in the district of Mount Scio last night, defeating two other candidates.

Today well known chef and business owner Todd Perrin announced he was running for the PC nomination inSt. John’s East Quidi Vidi, the district where NDP leader Alison Coffin is running. Perrin was on Top Chef Canada several years ago, he’s very well known and has a big following. His candidacy came as a bit of a shock, particularly amongst New Democrats who assumed he was one of them.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

UPDATE: Restauranteur gunning for PC nomination in St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi

The Telegram
Published: 23 hours ago
Updated: 22 hours ago


Todd Perrin behind the bar at Mallard Cottage. Of his and Stephen Lee’s developments in Quidi Vidi Village, he says: “I look at these things more in terms of the profound effect you can have on your community and what we're going to build and what we're going to leave behind.”


Mallard Cottage co-owner Todd Perrin tosses his hat into political ring

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Chef and restauranteur Todd Perrin hopes to be the one to turn St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi from orange to blue.

The Mallard Cottage and Inn by Mallard co-owner announced his intention to seek the nomination for the Progressive Conversatives in the district that’s been an NDP stronghold since 1990.

“Looking forward to the challenge and seeing the promise of our province more fully realized,” Perrin posted on his Twitter account.

If Perrin is successful in obtaining the nomination, he’ll be going up against new NDP leader Alison Coffin. The Liberals have yet to announced any candidates or nominees for the district.

Within minutes of Perrin making his intentions public, the PCs officially opened the nomination window for the district.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday night the Tories announced that Lloyd Power will be the candidate in the upcoming general election in the district of Mount Scio after he beat out Keith Culleton and Lou Puddister for the nomination this week.

In another political announcement Thursday, small business owner Jenn Deon announced her intention to see the NDP nod in Virginia Waters-Pleasantville. The seat is currently held by incumbent Liberal MHA Bernard Davis. The Tory candidate is Beth Crosbie, sister of party leader Ches Crosbie.

The 47-year-old from St. John's owns and operates Jenn Deon Consulting Inc., a marketing & communications management firm. In 2018, she was award a Women of Distinction Award.


https://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/update-restauranteur-gunning-for-pc-nomination-in-st-johns-east-quidi-vidi-293870/
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Todd Perrin jus announced he will not seek the nomination in St. John’s East Quidi Vidi after all.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCs Suspend Nominations in SJ East-Quidi Vidi as Perrin Drops from Race

March 22, 2019 | 6:31 pmLast Updated:March 22, 2019 | 6:57 pm


Todd Perrin has withdrawn from the race for PC nomination in the hotly-contested district of St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi.

The owner of Mallard Cottage announced on Twitter, Friday afternoon, that after careful consideration he will not seek the nomination.


Just one day after he announced his intentions to run, Perrin says he realized he had not “appreciated the extent of the sacrifice and change required” if he were to run, and what that would mean for his businesses.

He says he has confidence in Ches and the party, and wishes them well going forward.

Meanwhile, the PCs have suspended their nominations for the district until further notice due to “extenuating circumstances.”

The district is sometimes considered an NDP stronghold, with Lorraine Michael holding the seat for over a decade. However, the NDP is putting newly-elected party leader Alison Coffin forward as their candidate for the district.


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