Earle McCurdy

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Earle McCurdy
Leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party
Assumed office
March 7, 2015
Preceded by Lorraine Michael
Personal details
Born 1950
Political party New Democratic Party
Residence St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Occupation Politician, labour leader

Earle McCurdy (born 1950)[1] is the leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party and a former labour leader in Newfoundland and Labrador. He was president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union from 1993 to 2014,[2] succeeding founding president Richard Cashin.[3] Previously, McCurdy was the union's secretary-treasurer for 13 years, from 1980 to 1993.[3] He was elected leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador NDP at the party's leadership convention held March 7, 2015, defeating two other contenders with 68% support on the first ballot.[4][5]

McCurdy was born in Halifax in 1950,[5] and grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador where he attended Prince of Wales Collegiate.[1] He is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1972,[1] and worked as a reporter for The St. John's Evening Telegram in the 1970s, covering the labour beat, before becoming involved with the fisheries' union.[6]

His most notable act as union president was helping to manage Canada's fishing dispute with the European Union, known as the Turbot War.[5][7]

NDP leader[edit]

In the 2015 election, McCurdy failed to win a seat in the House of Assembly and was defeated by Siobhán Coady by nearly 1000 votes.

In 2016, McCurdy called on premier Dwight Ball to resign.

Electoral record[edit]

St. John's West - Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Siobhán Coady 2,342 46.0
New Democratic Earle McCurdy 1,384 27.2
Progressive Conservative Dan Crummell 1,364 26.8
NL NDP Leadership Election, 2015
First Ballot[4]
Candidate Votes Perc.
Earle McCurdy 889 68.5%
Mike Goosney 299 23.0%
Chris Bruce 110 8.5%
Spoiled Ballots 0 0.00%
Totals 1298 100%


  1. ^ a b c "Why the Divorce? The Merits and Shortcomings of a fleet separation policy" (PDF). Memorial University. The Harris Centre - Memorial University. 
  2. ^ http://www.realchangendp.ca/bio.html
  3. ^ a b "Earle McCurdy stepping down from helm of fisheries union". CBC News. November 3, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Earle McCurdy Named Leader of the NDP". VOCM News. March 7, 2015. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Take us to your leaders: What you may not know about Davis, Ball and McCurdy". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2015-11-29. 
  6. ^ Wakeham, Bob (January 17, 2015). "McCurdy and me". The Telegram. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Depleted Fish Stocks Spark Canada's Turbot War With Spain". Chicago Tribune. March 19, 1995. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 

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