Lawrence O'Brien

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For the Irish-born merchant and former member of the Newfoundland House of Assembly, see Laurence O'Brien.
You may have also meant Lawrence Francis "Larry" O'Brien, one-time Postmaster General of the United States and commissioner of the National Basketball Association.

Lawrence David O'Brien (March 31, 1951, L'Anse-au-Loup, Labrador – December 16, 2004, St. John's, Newfoundland) was a Canadian politician.

O’Brien represented Labrador in the House of Commons of Canada as a Liberal from 1996 until his death in 2004. Before being elected to parliament, O’Brien was an adult education instructor, a public servant, a teacher, and from 1985 to 1996, a town councillor in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans from 1999 to 2001. He was a strong supporter of a 2003 constitutional amendment which officially changed the name of the province of Newfoundland to "Newfoundland and Labrador."

O'Brien was a candidate for the provincial Liberal nomination in the district of Cartwright-L'anse au Clair in 1996. After his loss in that race, he entered, and won, the federal Liberal nomination for the by-election in the riding of Labrador, vacated by the appointment of Bill Rompkey to the Senate. O'Brien was elected in the federal by-election on March 25, 1996, and re-elected in the general elections of 1997, 2000, and 2004.

He was diagnosed with cancer in 1998 and died on December 16, 2004.[1] He is survived by his wife and two children. On January 31, 2005, the members of the House of Commons paid respects to him and his career.


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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Bill Rompkey
Member of Parliament for Labrador
Succeeded by
Todd Russell