Christopher Mitchelmore

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Christopher Mitchelmore

Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
Assumed office
December 14, 2015
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
for St. Barbe – L'Anse aux Meadows
Assumed office
November 30, 2015
Preceded bydistrict established
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
for The Straits – White Bay North
In office
October 27, 2011 – November 30, 2015
Preceded byMarshall Dean
Succeeded bydistrict abolished
Personal details
Born (1985-10-23) October 23, 1985 (age 33)
St. Anthony, NL
Political partyNew Democrat (2011-2013)
Independent (2013-2014)
Liberal (2014-present)
OccupationSmall Business Development Officer

Christopher Mitchelmore MHA (born October 23, 1985) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly in the 2011 provincial election.[1] A member of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, he represents the electoral district of The Straits – White Bay North. He serves as an Opposition Critic for Innovation, Business & Rural Development; Rural Secretariat; Research Development Corporation; Office of Public Engagement; Office of Youth Engagement and Voluntary & Non-Profit Secretariat.

Mitchelmore served as a member on the Public Accounts Committee until February 2014.

Background[edit]

Mitchelmore is a native of Green Island Cove, a tiny fishing village on the Great Northern Peninsula. At 16 years of age he founded "Flower's Island Museum". He added a Newfoundland-themed miniature golf course, gift shop and summer festival. The business operated until 2005, when Mitchelmore focused on completing his post-secondary education.

After graduating from Canon Richards High School, Flower's Cove in 2003, Mitchelmore went on to complete a Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Co-op) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. His university experience enabled him to work for the Department of Innovation, Trade & Rural Development, Newfoundland & Labrador Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities (PUB) and London Offshore Consultants (LOC) Group. He studied, both in the UK and at the University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic. In 2008, he received the James Barnes Award for Academic Excellence.

Mitchelmore was employed with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) and Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Nortip as a Youth Ventures Coordinator and most recently as a Client Services Officer, a role focused on creating and maintaining employment through business services, financing, skill enhancements, technical assistance, counselling and community economic development.

He has been engaged at the local, regional, provincial and national level, serving as the vice-President of the Straits-St. Barbe Chronic Care Corporation; Junior Achievement, Regional Chair; Director and Member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network; co-Chair of Emerging Leaders; and Director with Nordic Economic Development Corporation.

Mitchelmore writes about his rural experiences on the Live Rural Newfoundland & Labrador blog.

On October 29, 2013 Mitchelmore left the NDP caucus after himself and all other NDP caucus members signed a letter calling on Lorraine Michael to hold a leadership election and Michael only agreed to a leadership review. On January 27, 2014 Mitchelmore resigned his NDP membership and sat as an Independent MHA with no formal connections to any political party.[2]

On February 4, 2014 Mitchelmore and St. John's North MHA Dale Kirby joined the Liberal Party of NL.[3]

On May 9, 2014, Jerome Ward, a long-time Liberal and Special Assistant to Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte Liberal MP Gerry Byrne, announced that he would be seeking the nomination for The Straits-White Bay North.[4] Mitchelmore won the nomination with 73 percent of the popular vote taking 1,127 votes and Ward receiving 423.[5]

Electoral history[edit]

Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Liberal Christopher Mitchelmore 4,359 89.32 +53.1
     NDP Genevieve Brouillette 117 2.40 -25.5
Progressive Conservative Ford Mitchelmore 404 8.28 -27.56
Straits-White Bay North Liberal Nomination, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     Liberal Christopher Mitchelmore 1,127 72.71
     Liberal Jerome Ward 423 27.29
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±
     NDP Christopher Mitchelmore 1,537 36.74 +28.81
     Liberal Marshall Dean 1,327 31.71 -15.87
Progressive Conservative Selma Pike 1,320 31.55 -12.92

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NDP Leader Lorraine Michael re-elected". CBC News, October 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "Dale Kirby, Christopher Mitchelmore cut NDP ties". CBC News. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "Dale Kirby and Christopher Mitchelmore join Liberals". CBC News. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "I made a commitment to do this". Northern Pen Newspaper. Retrieved May 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "Mitchelmore holds". Northern Pen Newspaper. Retrieved June 10, 2014.

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