Newfoundland and Labrador First Party
|Newfoundland and Labrador First Party|
Former federal party
|Founded||November 5, 2004 (provincial)
November 15, 2007 (federal)
|Dissolved||January 31, 2011|
|Headquarters||10 Cole Place
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
|Ideology||Advocation for Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Colours||Green, white, pink|
|Politics of Canada
|Election||# of candidates||# of votes||% of popular vote||% in ridings contested||# of seats|
|Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte||Newfoundland and Labrador||Wayne Ronald Bennett||967||3.7%||4/4|
|St. John's East||Newfoundland and Labrador||Les Coultas||347||0.84%||6/6|
|St. John's South—Mount Pearl||Newfoundland and Labrador||Greg Byrne||402||1.16%||5/6|
|Placentia—St. Mary’sNewfoundland and Labrador provincial by-election, February 21, 2006:|
|Prog. Conservative||Felix Collins||2,247||46.3|
|Newfoundland and Labrador First||Tom Hickey||31||0.6|
|By-election called upon the resignation of Fabian Manning|
The provincial party was publicly launched on November 5, 2004 and officially registered in February 2006. It ran in its first election in a February 21, 2006 by-election in the Placentia and St. Mary's electoral district where the party's president Tom Hickey won 31 of 4,862 votes. After the provincial election, the party dissolved itself at the provincial level to focus on the federal platform which it felt was the most productive arena in which to advocate for fairness and equality for the province within Canada
The federal party, also led by Hickey, became eligible for registration by Elections Canada on November 15, 2007. It gained registered status in September 2008 as it entered three candidates in the 2008 federal election, where it attained 1.75% of the votes in those three districts.
Following the 2008 federal campaign, Tom Hickey stepped down as party leader and was replaced by Wayne Bennett, the candidate who captured the party's largest percentage of public support in the preceding election, 3.7%.
The Party Executive was given official notification by registered letter to the Chief Agent of the party that as of January 31, 2011, the party would cease to exist and would be deregistered by Elections Canada. This deregistration was for failure to comply with the required submission of a minimum of 250 signed Declarations of Membership Forms in the allotted time period given.
The main goal of the party is to be an advocate for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador in the federal political forum with only the issues of the people of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador as its mandate.
The party aims to:
- restore government services in rural communities
- Restore the promised levels of service through Marine Atlantic
- stop out migration
- support rural rights
- maintain Newfoundland and Labrador's way of life and culture
- restore traditional hunting and fishing rights
- secure joint federal-provincial management of the fishery
- extend the current 200 mile limit of exclusive economic interest in the ocean to 350 miles under Article 76 of the Law of the Sea
- develop a plan to rebuild the cod stocks
- develop integrated transportation and tourism initiatives
- develop the Lower Churchill in keeping with section 92 and 92 A of the Constitution Act, 1867/1982
- promote federal political reforms to increase equity among the provinces and territories
- Elections Canada. "Registered Political Parties and Parties Eligible for Registration". Retrieved April 22, 2011.
- "Elections Canada, Registered Political Parties and Parties Eligible for Registration".
- "News Release from Chief Electoral Officer regarding Placentia-and-St-Mary by-election".
- "Newfoundland & Labrador First Party Selects New Leader". Canada Free Press. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
- "Wayne Bennett takes over as NL First party leader". The Western Star. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
- "Newfoundland First party facing uncertain future after losing Elections Canada registration". The Western Star. 12 January 2011.
- Deregistration of Newfoundland and Labrador First Party