Dwight Ball

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Dwight Ball
MHA
Leader of the Opposition
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 November 2013
Premier Kathy Dunderdale
Tom Marshall
Paul Davis
Preceded by Eddie Joyce (Interim)
In office
3 January 2012 – 18 July 2013
INTERIM
Premier Kathy Dunderdale
Preceded by Yvonne Jones
Succeeded by Eddie Joyce (Interim)
Leader of the Liberal Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 November 2013
Interim: 3 January 2012 – 5 July 2013
Preceded by Eddie Joyce (Interim)
MHA for Humber Valley
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 October 2011
Preceded by Darryl Kelly
In office
13 February 2007 – 9 October 2007
Preceded by Kathy Goudie
Succeeded by Darryl Kelly
Personal details
Born 1956/1957
Political party Liberal Party

Dwight Ball MHA is the Leader of the Official Opposition and leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. He represents the electoral district of Humber Valley in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. On 3 January 2012, Ball began his duties as Leader of the Official Opposition and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.[1] On 5 July 2013 Ball stepped down as interim leader of the Liberal Party to run for the position permanently in the 2013 leadership election.[2] Ball subsequently won the leadership race with 59% on the third ballot.[3]

Politics[edit]

Ball was the Liberal candidate in the district of Humber Valley in the 2003 provincial election but was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Kathy Goudie by less than 200 votes. When Goudie resigned from the legislature, Ball ran in a by-election to succeed her on 13 February 2007. At first, it was announced that Progressive Conservative candidate Darryl Kelly had won the by-election by a margin of twelve votes; however, Ball was later declared elected by a margin of 18 votes. A judicial recount was conducted weeks later and resulted in a reduction of Ball's lead to seven votes.[4][5] In a rematch in the general election on 9 October 2007, Kelly defeated Ball by 254 votes. Four years later Ball once again ran as the Liberal candidate in the 2011 election and this time narrowly defeated Kelly by 68 votes.[6]

Leadership[edit]

At a press conference on 15 December 2011, the Liberal Party announced that Ball would serve as interim leader of the party and as the Leader of the Official Opposition, effective 3 January 2012. He succeeds Kevin Aylward, who failed to win a seat in the general election, as leader of the Liberal Party and Yvonne Jones as the Official Opposition Leader. Ball announced on the same day that he planned to run for the permanent leadership of the party at the next leadership convention, and that he would step down as interim leader 90 days before the convention to even the playing field for other candidates.[7] In May 2012, the party announced the leadership convention would take place from 15–17 November 2013.[8] On 5 July 2013 Ball stepped down as interim leader of the Liberal Party to run for the position permanently in the 2013 leadership election.

Electoral record[edit]

Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador leadership election, 2013
Ballot 1 Ballot 2 Ballot 3
Candidate Votes  % Points  % Votes  % Points  % Votes  % Points  %
Dwight Ball 10,944 45.94% 2,130.05 44.38% 11,306 48.45% 2,257.15 47.02% 12,598 60.64% 2,832.29 59.01%
Paul Antle 6,340 26.61% 1,321.15 27.52% 6,600 28.28% 1,397.86 29.12% 8,178 39.36% 1,967.71 40.99%
Cathy Bennett 5,252 22.05% 1,089.05 22.69% 5,431 23.27% 1,144.99 23.85%
Danny Dumaresque 670 2.81% 131.69 2.74%
Jim Bennett 617 2.59% 128.05 2.67%
Total 23,823 100.00 4,800.00 100.00 23,337 100.00 4,800.00 100.00 20,776 100.00 4,800.00 100.00
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dwight Ball 2,609 48.14%
Progressive Conservative Darryl Kelly 2,541 46.88%
     NDP Sheldon Hynes 270 4.98%
Humber Valley - Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % +/-
  Progressive Conservative Darryl Kelly 3,023 51.42 +2.92
Liberal Dwight Ball 2,769 47.09 -1.61
     New Democrat Kris Hynes 87 1.47 -1.33
Humber Valley - By-election, 13 February 2007
Resignation of Kathy Goudie
Party Candidate Votes % +/-
Liberal Dwight Ball 2,153 48.7
  Progressive Conservative Darryl Kelly 2,146 48.5
     New Democrat Shelley Senior 122 2.8
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Kathy Goudie 2,796 52.73%
Liberal Dwight Ball 2,507 47.28%

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dwight Ball named Liberal Party leader". The Telegram. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  2. ^ July 2013 "Dwight Ball officially in Liberal leadership race". CBC. 5 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dwight Ball wins Liberal leadership". CBC News. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Judicial recount set for Humber Valley ballots". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 22 February 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Liberal declared winner in Humber Valley recount". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 March 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Hutchings, Paul (12 October 2011). "Race with incumbent was too close to call: Ball". The Western Star. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Dwight Ball wants to lead Liberals into 2015 vote". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Liberal Party Announces Date of Leadership Convention". Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 2003. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 May 2003.

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