Earle McCurdy

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Earle McCurdy
Leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party
Assumed office
March 7, 2015
Preceded by Lorraine Michael
Personal details
Born 1950
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Occupation Labour leader

Earle McCurdy (born 1950)[1] is the leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party and a former labour leader in Newfoundland and Labrador. He was president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union from 1993 to 2014,[2] succeeding founding president Richard Cashin.[3] Previously, McCurdy was the union's secretary-treasurer for 13 years, from 1980 to 1993.[3] He was elected leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador NDP at the party's leadership convention held March 7, 2015, defeating two other contenders.[4]

McCurdy grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and attended Prince of Wales Collegiate.[1] He is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1972,[1] and worked as a reporter for The St. John's Evening Telegram in the 1970s, covering the labour beat, before becoming involved with the fisheries' union.[5]

His most notable act as union president was helping to manage Canada's fishing dispute with the European Union, known as the Turbot War.[6]

Electoral record[edit]

New Democratic Party of Newfoundland and Labrador leadership election, 2015
First Ballot[4]
Candidate Votes Perc.
Earle McCurdy 889 68.5%
Mike Goosney 299 23.0%
Chris Bruce 110 8.5%
Spoiled Ballots 0 0.00%
Totals 1298 100%


  1. ^ a b c "Why the Divorce? The Merits and Shortcomings of a fleet separation policy" (PDF). Memorial University. The Harris Centre - Memorial University. 
  2. ^ http://www.realchangendp.ca/bio.html
  3. ^ a b "Earle McCurdy stepping down from helm of fisheries union". CBC News. November 3, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Earle McCurdy Named Leader of the NDP". VOCM News. March 7, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ Wakeham, Bob (January 17, 2015). "McCurdy and me". The Telegram. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Depleted Fish Stocks Spark Canada's Turbot War With Spain". Chicago Tribune. March 19, 1995. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 

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