Newfoundland and Labrador First Party

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Newfoundland and Labrador First Party
Former federal party
Founded November 5, 2004 (provincial)
November 15, 2007 (federal)
Dissolved January 31, 2011[1]
Headquarters 10 Cole Place
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
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Ideology Advocation for Newfoundland and Labrador
Colours Green, white, pink
Politics of Canada
Political parties

The Newfoundland and Labrador First Party was a Canadian political party registered at both the federal[2] and provincial[3] levels of government in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Election results[edit]

Election # of candidates # of votes  % of popular vote  % in ridings contested # of seats
2008 3 1801 0.01% 1.75% 0

Federal results[edit]

Riding Province Candidate Votes % Placement
Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte Newfoundland and Labrador Wayne Ronald Bennett 967 3.7% 4/4
St. John's East Newfoundland and Labrador Les Coultas 347 0.84% 6/6
St. John's South—Mount Pearl Newfoundland and Labrador Greg Byrne 402 1.16% 5/6

Provincial results[edit]

Newfoundland and Labrador provincial by-election, February 21, 2006: Placentia—St. Mary’s
Party Candidate Votes %
Progressive Conservative Felix Collins 2,247 46.3
Independent Nick Careen 1,641 33.8
Liberal Kevin Power 931 19.2
Newfoundland and Labrador First Tom Hickey 31 0.6
Total 4,850
By-election called upon the resignation of Fabian Manning


The provincial party was publicly launched on November 5, 2004 and officially registered in February 2006. It ran in its first election in a February 21, 2006 by-election in the Placentia and St. Mary's electoral district where the party's president Tom Hickey won 31 of 4,862 votes. After the provincial election, the party dissolved itself at the provincial level to focus on the federal platform which it felt was the most productive arena in which to advocate for fairness and equality for the province within Canada

The federal party, also led by Hickey, became eligible for registration by Elections Canada on November 15, 2007. It gained registered status in September 2008 as it entered three candidates in the 2008 federal election, where it attained 1.75% of the votes in those three districts.

Following the 2008 federal campaign, Tom Hickey stepped down as party leader and was replaced by Wayne Bennett, the candidate who captured the party's largest percentage of public support in the preceding election, 3.7%.[4][5]


The Party Executive was given official notification by registered letter to the Chief Agent of the party that as of January 31, 2011, the party would cease to exist and would be deregistered by Elections Canada. This deregistration was for failure to comply with the required submission of a minimum of 250 signed Declarations of Membership Forms in the allotted time period given.[6][7]

Wayne Bennett contested the riding of Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte in the 2011 federal election, as an Independent. He received 332 votes, 1.106 percent of the votes in the riding.

Party platform[edit]

The main goal of the party is to be an advocate for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador in the federal political forum with only the issues of the people of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador as its mandate.

The party aims to:

  • restore government services in rural communities
  • Restore the promised levels of service through Marine Atlantic
  • stop out migration
  • support rural rights
  • maintain Newfoundland and Labrador's way of life and culture
  • restore traditional hunting and fishing rights
  • secure joint federal-provincial management of the fishery
  • extend the current 200 mile limit of exclusive economic interest in the ocean to 350 miles under Article 76 of the Law of the Sea
  • develop a plan to rebuild the cod stocks
  • develop integrated transportation and tourism initiatives
  • develop the Lower Churchill in keeping with section 92 and 92 A of the Constitution Act, 1867/1982
  • promote federal political reforms to increase equity among the provinces and territories

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