Newfoundland and Labrador general election, 2007
48 seats in the 46th General Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador
25 seats needed for a majority
Map of the province showing the ridings and which party they supported and by how much
The 47th Newfoundland and Labrador general election was held on October 9, 2007 to elect members of the 46th General Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador, the 18th general election for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
- 1 Campaign
- 2 Grand Falls-Windsor—Buchans and Bonavista South
- 3 Results
- 4 Results by riding
- 5 Election Results by Party and Seats
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
The election was called soon after Premier Danny Williams announced the popular Hebron Oil Field deal, and it was widely considered a foregone conclusion that Williams' Progressive Conservatives would be reelected. Polls during the campaign showed the Conservatives reaching up to 73 per cent of voter support, leading some commentators to speculate that the party could in fact win every seat in the House of Assembly — a feat accomplished only twice before in Canadian history, in Prince Edward Island in the 1935 election and in New Brunswick in the 1987 election.
On election day, the Progressive Conservatives did win nine more seats than they held at the dissolution of the previous legislature, and won just under 70 per cent of the popular vote, the highest popular vote share ever attained by a party in the province. However, they did not sweep all 48 seats in the legislature though their support was higher than the 1935 PEI election and the 1987 New Brunswick election. Three Liberal incumbents, as well as New Democratic Party leader Lorraine Michael, successfully held their seats. Notably, however, Liberal leader Gerry Reid was not reelected in his own riding.
On October 1, 2007, Gerry Tobin, Liberal candidate in the riding of Grand Falls-Windsor—Buchans, was found dead in his home. As a result, the chief electoral officer postponed the election in that riding until November 6, 2007. The Progressive Conservatives won the special election, bringing their total number of seats in the legislature to 44.
Subsequently, Clayton Hobbs, Liberal candidate in the riding of Bonavista South, dropped out of the race, citing health reasons; consequently, incumbent Progressive Conservative MHA Roger Fitzgerald was declared re-elected.
Results by party
|Party||Party leader||Candidates||Seats||Popular vote|
|Progressive Conservative||Danny Williams||*48||34||34||44||+10||155,943||69.59%||+10.88%|
|New Democratic||Lorraine Michael||36||2||1||1||-1||19,028||8.49%||+1.63%|
|Independent and no affiliation||3||-||-||-||-||446||0.20%||-%|
Results by region
|Party Name||St. John's||St. John's Suburbs||Avalon/Burin||Central||Western/
|Parties winning seats in the legislature:|
|Parties that won no seats in the legislature|
|Labrador Party||Popular Vote:||-||-||-||-||-||0.55%||0.03%|
Results by riding
- Bold denotes a Cabinet minister or party leader.
- † denotes a retiring MHA.
|Paul Perrier (Ind.)
|Signal Hill—Quidi Vidi||Maria Afonso
|St. John's Centre||Shawn Skinner
|Lori Ann Campbell-Martino
|St. John's East||Ed Buckingham
|John Ottenheimer †|
|St. John's North||Bob Ridgley
|St. John's South||Tom Osborne
|St. John's West||Sheila Osborne
|Virginia Waters||Kathy Dunderdale
|Fred Wilcox (Ind.)
St. John's suburbs
|Cape St. Francis||Jack Byrne
|Conception Bay East—Bell Island||Dianne Whalen
|Conception Bay South||Terry French
|Mount Pearl North||Steve Kent
|Harvey Hodder †|
|Mount Pearl South||Dave Denine
Avalon and Burin Peninsulas
|Percy Barrett †|
|Burin—Placentia West||Clyde Jackman
|Carbonear—Harbour Grace||Jerome Kennedy
|George Sweeney †|
|Grand Bank||Darin King
|Judy Foote †|
|Harbour Main||Tom Hedderson
|Placentia—St. Mary's||Felix Collins
|Port de Grave||Glenn Littlejohn
|Trinity—Bay de Verde||Charlene Johnson
|Baie Verte—Springdale||Tom Rideout
|Paul Shelley †$|
|Bonavista North||Harry Harding
|Bonavista South||Roger Fitzgerald
|Grand Falls-Windsor—Buchans‡||Susan Sullivan||Junior C. Downey
||Anna Thistle †|
|Grand Falls-Windsor—Green Bay South||Ray Hunter
|Terra Nova||Paul Oram
|Lionel Glover (Ind.)
|The Isles of Notre Dame||Derrick Dalley
|Trinity North||Ross Wiseman
$Shelley officially resigned on July 12, 2007. However, a by-election was not held to fill the seat prior to the general election call.
‡Tobin died on October 1; the election in this district was deferred until November 6. See "Special election" section below.
^Clayton Hobbs withdrew for health reasons on October 5; as the only remaining candidate, incumbent Roger Fitzgerald was immediately declared re-elected.
Western and Southern Newfoundland
|Bay of Islands||Terry Loder
|Burgeo—La Poile||Colin Short
|Fortune Bay—Cape La Hune||Tracey Perry
|Oliver Langdon †|
|Humber East||Tom Marshall
|Humber Valley||Darryl Kelly
|Humber West||Danny Williams
|Port au Port||Tony Cornect
|St. Barbe||Wallace Young
|St. George's—Stephenville East||Joan Burke
|The Straits - White Bay North||Trevor Taylor
|Cartwright—L'Anse au Clair||Dennis Normore
|Labrador West||Jim Baker
|Lake Melville||John Hickey
|Torngat Mountains||Patty Pottle
|Jim Tuttauk (Lab.)
|Vacant since resignation of Wally Andersen on September 5.|
Due to the death of Liberal candidate Gerry Tobin on October 1, the election in the riding of Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans was delayed. The deferred election for this riding took place on November 6, 2007.
The new Liberal candidate, John Woodrow, withdrew from the race on November 3 after it was revealed that he had previously made false allegations of bribery against MHA Beaton Tulk in 1998, but then revived his campaign on November 5 after learning that it was too late to actually remove his name from the ballot.
|Grand Falls-Windsor—Buchans||Susan Sullivan
|John J. Woodrow
|Junior C. Downey
|Anna Thistle †|
Election Results by Party and Seats
- 46th General Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Speaker of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador
- List of Newfoundland and Labrador General Assemblies
- List of Newfoundland and Labrador political parties
- Election Almanac - Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Election
- Professor Antweiler's Voter Migration Election Forecaster - Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Election 2007
- Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador (see also Conservative Party of Canada)
- Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador (see also Liberal Party of Canada)
- Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party (see also New Democratic Party)
- "Candidate's death shocks Liberal campaign". CBC News. October 2, 2007.
- "Postponement of Advance Poll and Polling Day in Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans".
- "PCs chalk up early victory as Liberal withdraws from election". CBC News. October 5, 2007.
- Baie Verte-Springdale Byelection called, Office of the Premier press release, September 10, 2007
- Withdrawal of Candidate in Bonavista South, Office of the Chief Electoral Officer press release, October 5, 2007
- "Woodrow withdraws from race", Exploits Valley Advertiser, November 5, 2007.
- "Stuck on ballot, Liberal candidate revives campaign", cbc.ca, November 5, 2007.