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 51)
St. Anthony, Newfoundland[1]
Political party Liberal Party of Canada
Residence William's Harbour
Profession Métis affairs leader

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, Newfoundland 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]

After federal politics[edit]

Lower Churchill Project[edit]

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]

Other activities[edit]

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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  3. ^ "Liberals win crucial byelection". CBC News. 24 May 2005. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Penashue margin of victory reduced". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "NunatuKavut protesting against Muskrat Falls project". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "NCC calls on PM to apologize following residential school settlement". 

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