Kevin O'Brien (Newfoundland and Labrador politician)

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The Honourable
Kevin O'Brien
Minister of Municipal Affairs of Newfoundland and Labrador
In office
2010–2015
Preceded by Dianne Whalen
Member of the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly
for Gander
In office
2003 – July 3, 2015
Preceded by Sandra Kelly
Minister of Government Services of Newfoundland and Labrador
In office
2007–2010
Preceded by Dianne Whalen
Succeeded by Harry Harding
Minister of Business of Newfoundland and Labrador
In office
2006–2007
Preceded by Danny Williams
Succeeded by Paul Oram
Personal details
Born (1956-08-25) August 25, 1956 (age 59)
Ferryland, Newfoundland and Labrador
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
Occupation Pharmacist, Businessman

Kevin O'Brien MHA, (born August 25, 1956) is a Canadian businessman, pharmacist and politician in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He served as the province's Minister of Advanced Education and Skills. O'Brien was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party (PC) in 2003, representing the district of Gander until his resignation in 2015.[1] He resigned his provincial seat on July 3, 2015 to run federally in the 2015 federal election.[2]

Politics[edit]

O'Brien was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party in 2003 representing the district of Gander. He was appointed to Cabinet in 2006 becoming the Minister of Business and after being re-elected in 2007 O'Brien was shuffled into the portfolio of Government Services.[3][4] With the death of fellow Municipal Affairs Minister Dianne Whalen in October 2010 O'Brien was shuffled out of the Government Services portfolio and into Municipal Affairs.[5]

In September 2013, O'Brien was accused by the Gander Chamber of Commerce of threatening to slow down construction of a new school in Gander if NDP representatives were allowed to be present at a community breakfast. The Chamber of Commerce also alleged that O'Brien had made similar threats in the past.[6]

In July 2015, O'Brien resigned his provincial seat to run for the federal Conservative party in the riding of Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame in the 2015 federal election.

Electoral record[edit]

Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Kevin O'Brien 2393 52.27%
Liberal Barry Warren 1415 30.91%
     NDP Lukas Norman 770 16.82%
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Kevin O'Brien 3599 75.1% +13.2%
Liberal Stephanie Winsor 1193 24.9% +8.2%
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Progressive Conservative Kevin O'Brien 3621 61.38
Liberal Dianne Crewe 1930 32.71
     NDP Steve Johnson 348 5.89
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sandra Kelly 3,064 49.5%
Progressive Conservative Kevin O'Brien 2,926 47.2%
     NDP Roy Locke 193 3.1%
Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sandra Kelly 3,585 55.6%
Progressive Conservative Kevin O'Brien 2,840 44.0%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kevin O'Brien Biography". Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  2. ^ "Kevin O'Brien Responds to Previous Comments About Prime Minister". VOCM. July 3, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ Cabinet Appointments News Release 2006
  4. ^ Cabinet Appointments News Release 2007
  5. ^ "N.L. cabinet shuffle announced". CBC News. October 13, 2010. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  6. ^ "Kevin O'Brien accused of threatening chamber of commerce". CBC News. September 16, 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 

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