Todd Russell

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Todd Norman Russell
Todd Russell.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Labrador
In office
May 24, 2005 – May 30, 2011
Preceded by Lawrence O'Brien
Succeeded by Peter Penashue
Personal details
Born (1966-12-22) December 22, 1966 (age 49)
St. Anthony, NL[1]
Political party Liberal Party of Canada
Residence William's Harbour
Profession Métis affairs leader
Religion Anglican[2]

Todd Norman Dwayne Russell (born December 22, 1966) is a Canadian politician and was the Liberal member of Parliament for the riding of Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador from 2005 to 2011.

Early life[edit]

Russell was born in St. Anthony and raised in William's Harbour. He is of Inuit descent and was the president of Nunatukavut until his by-election win. He was educated at Memorial University in St. John's.

Federal politics[edit]

On May 24, 2005, Russell won a by-election in the riding of Labrador, vacated by the death of Liberal MP Lawrence O'Brien.[3] His victory consolidated the standing of the federal Liberals in the minority parliament, which made it easier for the Liberals to pass budget legislation. He was re-elected in the 2006 and 2008 elections and served as the Critic for Aboriginal Affairs in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet.

In the 2011 election, Russell was defeated by Conservative Peter Penashue.[4]

Following his electoral defeat Russell returned to the position of Nunatukavut president and has been vocal in his opposition to the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.[5]

In 2016, Russell called on the federal government to apologize for the treatment of residential school survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador.[6] Aboriginals from the province were excluded from the apology from Stephen Harper in 2008.


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