Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2007

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Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2007
Newfoundland and Labrador
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48 seats in the 46th General Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador
25 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams.jpg LIB Lorraine Michael NL NDP.jpg
Leader Danny Williams Gerry Reid Lorraine Michael
Party Progressive Conservative Liberal New Democratic
Leader since 2001 2006 2006
Leader's seat Humber West The Isles of Notre Dame (lost re-election) Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi
Last election 34 seats, 58.71% 12 seats, 33.05% 2 seats, 6.86%
Seats won 44 3 1
Seat change +10 -9 -1
Popular vote 155,943 48,598 19,028
Percentage 69.59% 21.69% 8.49%
Swing +10.88pp -11.36pp +1.63pp

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Map of the province showing the ridings and which party they supported and by how much

Premier before election

Danny Williams
Progressive Conservative

Elected Premier

Danny Williams
Progressive Conservative

The 47th Newfoundland and Labrador general election was held on October 9, 2007 to elect members of the 46th General Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador, the 18th general election for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Campaign[edit]

The election was called soon after Premier Danny Williams announced the popular Hebron Oil Field deal, and it was widely considered a foregone conclusion that Williams' Progressive Conservatives would be reelected. Polls during the campaign showed the Conservatives reaching up to 73 per cent of voter support, leading some commentators to speculate that the party could in fact win every seat in the House of Assembly — a feat accomplished only twice before in Canadian history, in Prince Edward Island in the 1935 election and in New Brunswick in the 1987 election.

On election day, the Progressive Conservatives did win nine more seats than they held at the dissolution of the previous legislature, and won just under 70 per cent of the popular vote, the highest popular vote share ever attained by a party in the province. However, they did not sweep all 48 seats in the legislature though their support was higher than the 1935 PEI election and the 1987 New Brunswick election. Three Liberal incumbents, as well as New Democratic Party leader Lorraine Michael, successfully held their seats. Notably, however, Liberal leader Gerry Reid was not reelected in his own riding.

Grand Falls-Windsor—Buchans and Bonavista South[edit]

On October 1, 2007, Gerry Tobin, Liberal candidate in the riding of Grand Falls-Windsor—Buchans, was found dead in his home.[1] As a result, the chief electoral officer postponed the election in that riding until November 6, 2007.[2] The Progressive Conservatives won the special election, bringing their total number of seats in the legislature to 44.

Subsequently, Clayton Hobbs, Liberal candidate in the riding of Bonavista South, dropped out of the race, citing health reasons;[3] consequently, incumbent Progressive Conservative MHA Roger Fitzgerald was declared re-elected.

Results[edit]

Party Seats Second Third Fourth
Progressive Conservative 44 4 0 0
     Liberal Party 3 34 9 0
     New Democratic Party 1 9 26 0
     Labrador Party 0 0 1 0
Riding-by-riding results

Results by party[edit]

e • d Summary of the Legislative Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador election results
Party Party leader Candidates Seats Popular vote
2003 Dissol. 2007 Change # % Change
Progressive Conservative Danny Williams *48 34 34 44 +10 155,943 69.59% +10.88%
Liberal Gerry Reid *46 12 11 3 -9 48,598 21.69% -11.36%
New Democratic Lorraine Michael 36 2 1 1 -1 19,028 8.49% +1.63%
  Independent and no affiliation 3 - - - - 446 0.20% -%
Labrador Ron Barron 1 * - - - 68 0.03% -%
  Vacant 2  
Total 132 48 48 48 - 224,083 100.00%

Results by region[edit]

Party Name St. John's St. John's Suburbs Avalon/Burin Central Western/
Southern
Labrador Total
Parties winning seats in the legislature:
  Progressive Conservative Seats: 6 7 8 11 9 3 44
  Popular Vote: 69.38% 80.71% 69.50% 70.89% 64.81% 48.53% 69.59%
     Liberal Seats: - - 1 - 1 1 3
     Popular Vote: 10.50% 11.42% 22.46% 23.12% 33.09% 34.78% 21.69%
     New Democratic Seats: 1 - - - - - 1
     Popular Vote: 19.10% 7.79% 8.04% 5.85% 2.10% 16.14% 8.49%
Parties that won no seats in the legislature
     Independent Popular Vote: 1.02% 0.08% - 0.14% - - 0.20%
     Labrador Party Popular Vote: - - - - - 0.55% 0.03%
Total seats: 7 7 9 11 10 4 48

Results by riding[edit]

  • Bold denotes a Cabinet minister or party leader.
  • † denotes a retiring MHA.

St. John's[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   NDP   Other
Signal Hill—Quidi Vidi Maria Afonso
2,135
Maura Beam
158
Lorraine Michael
3,062
Lorraine Michael
St. John's Centre Shawn Skinner
3,332
Lori Ann Campbell-Martino
374
Jane Robinson
650
Shawn Skinner
St. John's East Ed Buckingham
3,649
Peter Adams
692
Gemma Schlamp-Hickey
864
John Ottenheimer
St. John's North Bob Ridgley
3,488
Simon Lono
561
Matt Power
449
Bob Ridgley
St. John's South Tom Osborne
3,887
Rex Gibbons
425
Clyde Bridger
571
Tom Osborne
St. John's West Sheila Osborne
3,623
George Joyce
1,018
Joan Scott
344
Sheila Osborne
Virginia Waters Kathy Dunderdale
4,043
Drew Brown
429
Dave Sullivan
710
Fred Wilcox (Ind.)
353
Kathy Dunderdale

St. John's suburbs[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   NDP   Other
Cape St. Francis Jack Byrne
4,983
Bill Tapper
739
Kathleen Connors
680
Jack Byrne
Conception Bay East—Bell Island Dianne Whalen
3,991
Linda Goodyear
999
Gavin Will
569
Dianne Whalen
Conception Bay South Terry French
4,671
Jerry Young
953
Touria Tougui
259
Terry French
Kilbride John Dinn
4,443
Roger Linehan
364
Michelle Broderick
421
Paul Perrier (Ind.)
31
John Dinn
Mount Pearl North Steve Kent
4,751
Elaine Reid
505
Janice Lockyer
330
Harvey Hodder
Mount Pearl South Dave Denine
4,163
William Reid
441
Tom McGinnis
332
Dave Denine
Topsail Elizabeth Marshall
4,892
Cynthia Barron-Layden
513
Kyle Rees
486
Elizabeth Marshall

Avalon and Burin Peninsulas[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   NDP   Other
Bellevue Calvin Peach
2,908
Denise Pike
2,139
Ian Slade
155
Percy Barrett
Burin—Placentia West Clyde Jackman
3,141
George Brake
457
Julie Mitchell
1,704
Clyde Jackman
Carbonear—Harbour Grace Jerome Kennedy
4,367
Paul Baldwin
1,463
George Sweeney
Ferryland Keith Hutchings
4,256
Kevin Bennett
472
Grace Bavington
351
Keith Hutchings
Grand Bank Darin King
3,563
Rod Cake
889
Judy Foote
Harbour Main Tom Hedderson
4,586
Kevin Slaney
635
Jean Dandenault
323
Tom Hedderson
Placentia—St. Mary's Felix Collins
3,086
Jennifer Coultas
812
Felix Collins
Port de Grave Glenn Littlejohn
3,069
Roland Butler
3,329
Randy Dawe
162
Roland Butler
Trinity—Bay de Verde Charlene Johnson
3,572
Bruce Layman
1,137
Don Penney
257
Charlene Johnson

Central Newfoundland[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   NDP   Other
Baie Verte—Springdale Tom Rideout
3,388
Glendon Bungay
798
Tim Howse
301
Paul Shelley †$
Bonavista North Harry Harding
2,883
Winston Carter
1,292
Howard Parsons
80
Harry Harding
Bonavista South Roger Fitzgerald
acclaimed
Clayton Hobbs
withdrew^
Roger Fitzgerald
Exploits Clayton Forsey
3,396
Jody Fancey
1,295
Clayton Forsey
Gander Kevin O'Brien
3,599
Stephanie Winsor
1,193
Kevin O'Brien
Grand Falls-Windsor—Buchans Susan Sullivan Gerry Tobin Junior C. Downey
Anna Thistle
Grand Falls-Windsor—Green Bay South Ray Hunter
2,535
Aubrey Smith
957
John Whelan
188
Ray Hunter
Lewisporte Wade Verge
2,660
John Martin
647
Garry Vatcher
460
Tom Rideout
Terra Nova Paul Oram
3,427
Katty Gallant
781
Bill Cashin
358
Lionel Glover (Ind.)
62
Paul Oram
The Isles of Notre Dame Derrick Dalley
2,371
Gerry Reid
2,364
Gerry Reid
Trinity North Ross Wiseman
3,939
Kathryn Small
609
Janet Stringer
247
Ross Wiseman

$Shelley officially resigned on July 12, 2007. However, a by-election was not held to fill the seat prior to the general election call.[4]

‡Tobin died on October 1; the election in this district was deferred until November 6. See "Special election" section below.

^Clayton Hobbs withdrew for health reasons on October 5; as the only remaining candidate, incumbent Roger Fitzgerald was immediately declared re-elected.[5]

Western and Southern Newfoundland[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   NDP   Other
Bay of Islands Terry Loder
2,817
Eddie Joyce
2,520
Charlie Murphy
107
Eddie Joyce
Burgeo—La Poile Colin Short
1,864
Kelvin Parsons
2,882
June Hiscock
85
Kelvin Parsons
Fortune Bay—Cape La Hune Tracey Perry
2,539
Elvis Loveless
1,394
Sheldon Hynes
84
Oliver Langdon
Humber East Tom Marshall
4,160
Michael Hoffe
537
Jean Graham
256
Tom Marshall
Humber Valley Darryl Kelly
3,023
Dwight Ball
2,769
Kris Hynes
87
Dwight Ball
Humber West Danny Williams
3,755
Maurice Budgell
516
Danny Williams
Port au Port Tony Cornect
3,936
Michelle Felix-Morgan
910
Tony Cornect
St. Barbe Wallace Young
2,491
Jim Bennett
1,560
Gary Noel
196
Wallace Young
St. George's—Stephenville East Joan Burke
3,143
George Lee
1,062
Joan Burke
The Straits - White Bay North Trevor Taylor
2,651
Boyd Noel
1,358
Gerry Ryall
171
Trevor Taylor

Labrador[edit]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   NDP   Other
Cartwright—L'Anse au Clair Dennis Normore
646
Yvonne Jones
1,736
Yvonne Jones
Labrador West Jim Baker
2,204
Karen Oldford
287
Darrel Brenton
1,848
Jim Baker
Lake Melville John Hickey
2,380
Chris Montague
1,672
Bill Cooper
147
John Hickey
Torngat Mountains Patty Pottle
680
Danny Dumaresque
604
Jim Tuttauk (Lab.)
109
Vacant since resignation of Wally Andersen on September 5.

Deferred election[edit]

Due to the death of Liberal candidate Gerry Tobin on October 1, the election in the riding of Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans was delayed. The deferred election for this riding took place on November 6, 2007.

The new Liberal candidate, John Woodrow, withdrew from the race on November 3 after it was revealed that he had previously made false allegations of bribery against MHA Beaton Tulk in 1998,[6] but then revived his campaign on November 5 after learning that it was too late to actually remove his name from the ballot.[7]

Electoral District Candidates   Incumbent
  PC   Liberal   NDP   Other
Grand Falls-Windsor—Buchans Susan Sullivan
2,767
John J. Woodrow
163
Junior C. Downey
922
Anna Thistle

Election Results by Party and Seats[edit]

Election Progressive Conservative Liberal NDP
2007 44 3 1

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

General resources[edit]

Election coverage[edit]

Parties[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Candidate's death shocks Liberal campaign". CBC News. October 2, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Postponement of Advance Poll and Polling Day in Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans". 
  3. ^ "PCs chalk up early victory as Liberal withdraws from election". CBC News. October 5, 2007. 
  4. ^ Baie Verte-Springdale Byelection called, Office of the Premier press release, September 10, 2007
  5. ^ Withdrawal of Candidate in Bonavista South, Office of the Chief Electoral Officer press release, October 5, 2007
  6. ^ "Woodrow withdraws from race", Exploits Valley Advertiser, November 5, 2007.
  7. ^ "Stuck on ballot, Liberal candidate revives campaign", cbc.ca, November 5, 2007.