Graham Letto

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Graham Letto
MHA
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
for Labrador West
Assumed office
November 30, 2015
Preceded by Nick McGrath
Personal details
Political party Liberal

Graham Letto is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador in the 2015 election. He represents the district of Labrador West as a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal Party.

Prior to his election to the legislature, Letto served as mayor of Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador from 2005 until 2009.[1]

Background[edit]

He was born in Forteau and grew up in L'Anse-au-Clair.

Political career[edit]

In 1989, Letto sought election to the town council of Labrador City, and was elected. He was also re-elected to council in 1993 and 1997. Then in 2001, Letto was elected as mayor of Labrador City.[2] During the Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2003, he ran in the provincial riding of Labrador West as the Progressive Conservative candidate, but was defeated by Randy Collins of the NDP.

On May 24, 2005, Letto ran for the Conservative Party of Canada in the Labrador riding in a by-election.[3] Letto lost, but increased the Conservative vote in the traditional Liberal riding substantially.[4]

On September 27, 2005, Letto was re-elected mayor of Labrador City in the 2005 municipal election.[5] He did not seek a third term during the 2009 municipal elections,[6] and was succeeded by Janice Barnes.

Letto received a Federation of Canadian Municipalities Roll of Honour Award in June 2014.[7]

In August 2015, Letto was nominated as the Liberal candidate in Labrador West for the 2015 provincial election.[8][9] On November 30, 2015, Letto won the seat, defeating New Democrat and former Wabush Mayor Ron Barron and Progressive Conservative incumbent Nick McGrath.[10][11]

Electoral record[edit]

Provincial[edit]

Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Randy Collins 2,762 55.71 +7.88
Progressive Conservative Graham Letto 1,142 23.03 +15.93
Labrador Party Ern Condon 631 12.73
Liberal Doris Sacrey 423 8.53 -36.54
Total valid votes 4,958 99.72
New Democratic hold Swing +22.21
Source: Newfoundland & Labrador 2003

Federal[edit]

Canadian federal by-election, May 24, 2005: Labrador
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Todd Russell 5,438 51.48 -10.75 $53,970.30
Conservative Graham Letto 3,415 32.33 +16.56 $73,509.62
New Democratic Frances Fry 1,045 9.89 +0.25 $26,121.42
Independent Ern Condon 598 5.66 -4.69 $254.00
Green Jason Crummey 68 0.64 -1.37 $78.45
Total valid votes/Expense limit 10,564 100.0   $74,995
Total rejected, declined and unmarked ballots 58 0.55 +0.03
Turnout 10,622 53.44 +8.62
Eligible voters 19,876
Liberal hold Swing -13.6
Called on the death of Lawrence O'Brien, 16 December 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IOC donates land for residential project in Labrador City". Ironore. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Dunham, Ty (13 August 2015). "'This is my home'". The Aurora. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Five candidates vie for Labrador seat". The Globe and Mail. 4 May 2005. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Liberals win by-election". The Globe and Mail. 24 May 2005. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Status quo in Goose; new faces in Lab City". The Telegram. St. John's. 28 September 2005. 
  6. ^ "Labrador City mayor says it's time to go". The Telegram. St. John's. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Recognizing Graham Letto on receiving a Federation of Canadian Municipalities Roll of Honour Award". 4 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Graham Letto takes Liberal nomination for Labrador West". CBC News. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Letto takes Liberal nomination". The Aurora. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Liberal Graham Letto wins Labrador West district". The Telegram. St. John's. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "Labrador goes Liberal in Election 2015 as party sweeps all 4 seats". CBC News. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.