Dwight Ball

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The Honourable
Dwight Ball
MHA
13th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
Assumed office
December 14, 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Frank Fagan
Preceded by Paul Davis
Leader of the Opposition
In office
November 17, 2013 – December 14, 2015
Premier Kathy Dunderdale
Tom Marshall
Paul Davis
Preceded by Eddie Joyce (Interim)
Succeeded by Paul Davis
In office
January 3, 2012 – July 18, 2013
INTERIM
Premier Kathy Dunderdale
Preceded by Yvonne Jones
Succeeded by Eddie Joyce (Interim)
Leader of the Liberal Party
Assumed office
November 17, 2013
Interim: January 3, 2012 – July 5, 2013
Preceded by Eddie Joyce (Interim)
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
for Humber-Gros Morne
Humber Valley (2007, 2011-2015)
In office
October 11, 2011 – November 27, 2015
Preceded by Darryl Kelly
In office
February 13, 2007 – October 9, 2007
Preceded by Kathy Goudie
Succeeded by Darryl Kelly
Personal details
Born c. 1957 (age 58–59)
Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador
Political party Liberal

Dwight Ball (born c. 1957) is a Canadian politician, the 13th and current Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador since December 14, 2015 and an MHA. He represents the electoral district of Humber Valley in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly and has served as leader of the Liberal Party since November 2013.

On 3 January 2012, Ball began his duties as Leader of the Official Opposition and interim leader of the Liberal Party. 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, which he won. He was sworn in on 14 December 2015.

On 30 November 2015, Ball won a 31-seat majority government in the 2015 election.

Early life and career[edit]

Ball was raised in Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador, and graduated from Elwood Regional High School.[1] He attended Memorial Universitywhen he was 17 years old.[1]

Ball was the recipient of the Bowl of Hygeia for his work as a community pharmacist that began with his franchising of the Deer Lake Pharmacy.[1] Ball later bought a community pharmacy in Springdale.[1] Ball is also the owner of several senior care homes and is involved in real estate development and venture capital investments.[1] The towns of Deer Lake and Springdale have independently both named Ball as Employer of the Year for his contributions to supportive employment programs in the area.[1]

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.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] In May 2012, the party announced the leadership convention would take place from 15–17 November 2013.[7] On 5 July 2013, Ball stepped down as interim leader of the Liberal Party to run for the position permanently in the leadership election that November, which he won with 59% of the vote on the 3rd ballot.[8][9] Ball served as leader for the party in the 2015 general election.[1]

Electoral record[edit]

Humber - Gros Morne - Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dwight Ball 4,610 75.98%
Progressive Conservative Graydon Pelley 983 16.20%
New Democratic Mike Goosney 474 7.81%
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
Humber Valley - Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dwight Ball 2,609 48.14% +1.05
Progressive Conservative Darryl Kelly 2,541 46.88% - 4.54
New Democratic Sheldon Hynes 270 4.98%
Humber Valley - Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Darryl Kelly 3,023 51.42% +2.88
Liberal Dwight Ball 2,769 47.09% -1.61
New Democratic Kris Hynes 87 1.47%
Humber Valley - By-election, 13 February 2007
Resignation of Kathy Goudie
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Dwight Ball 2,153 48.70% +1.42
Progressive Conservative Darryl Kelly 2,146 48.54%
New Democratic Shelley Senior 122 2.76%
Humber Valley - 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. ^ a b c d e f g Gushue, Lisa (23 November 2015). "Take us to your leaders: What you may not know about Davis, Ball and McCurdy". CBC News. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Judicial recount set for Humber Valley ballots". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 22 February 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Liberal declared winner in Humber Valley recount". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 March 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Hutchings, Paul (12 October 2011). "Race with incumbent was too close to call: Ball". The Western Star. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Dwight Ball named Liberal Party leader". The Telegram. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dwight Ball wants to lead Liberals into 2015 vote". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Liberal Party Announces Date of Leadership Convention". Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Dwight Ball officially in Liberal leadership race". CBC. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Dwight Ball wins Liberal leadership". CBC News. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Newfoundland & Labrador Votes 2003. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 May 2003.

External links[edit]

Provincial Government of Dwight Ball
Cabinet Post (1)
Predecessor Office Successor
Paul Davis Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
December 14, 2015–present
Incumbent