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
2010–2013
Preceded by Dianne Whalen
Succeeded by Steve Kent
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 George 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 July 2006, becoming the Minister of Business.[3][4] Following his re-election in 2007, O'Brien was shuffled into the portfolio of Government Services.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

On October 9, 2013, O'Brien was shuffled to Minister of Advanced Education.[8][9] In March 2015, O'Brien resigned from cabinet.[10] 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.[11][12] On October 19, 2015, O'Brien was defeated in the federal election by Liberal incumbent Scott Simms.[13][14]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Scott Simms 26,523 74.82 +19.90
Conservative Kevin O'Brien 6,479 18.28 –12.03
New Democratic Claudette Menchenton 2,175 6.14 –7.48
Green Elizabeth Perry 271 0.76 –0.12
Total valid votes/Expense limit 35,448 100.0     $237,840.36
Total rejected ballots 145 0.41
Turnout 35,593 55.71
Eligible voters 63,891
Liberal notional hold Swing +15.96
Source: Elections Canada[15][16]
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 shuffle follows N.L. audit scandal". CBC News. July 5, 2006. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Premier announces changes to Cabinet". Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. July 5, 2006. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  5. ^ "Premier Announces the Appointment of New Cabinet". Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. October 30, 2007. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  6. ^ "N.L. cabinet shuffle announced". CBC News. October 13, 2010. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  7. ^ "Kevin O'Brien accused of threatening chamber of commerce". CBC News. September 16, 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-28. 
  8. ^ "Premier adds two new faces to cabinet in major shuffle". NTV. October 9, 2013. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  9. ^ "Kent, Crummell make cabinet cut". CBC News. October 9, 2013. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  10. ^ "O'Brien says goodbye to cabinet". The Telegram. St. John's. March 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  11. ^ "Kevin O'Brien will run as federal Conservative candidate". CBC News. July 2, 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  12. ^ "O'Brien resigns as MHA". The Telegram. St. John's. July 3, 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  13. ^ "Scott Simms keeps seat in Coast of Bays-Central-Notre Dame". CBC News. October 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  14. ^ "No more politicking for Kevin O'Brien". The Telefram. St. John's. October 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-11. 
  15. ^ "October 19, 2015 Election Results — Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame (Validated results)". Elections Canada. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  16. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates