|Todd Norman Russell|
|Member of Parliament
May 24, 2005 – May 30, 2011
|Preceded by||Lawrence O'Brien|
|Succeeded by||Peter Penashue|
December 22, 1966 |
St. Anthony, NL
|Political party||Liberal Party of Canada|
|Profession||Métis affairs leader|
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.
On May 24, 2005, Russell won a by-election in the riding of Labrador, vacated by the death of Liberal MP Lawrence O'Brien. 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 2016, Russell called on the federal government to apologize for the treatment of residential school survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador. Aboriginals from the province were excluded from the apology from Stephen Harper in 2008.
- "Liberals win crucial byelection". CBC News. 24 May 2005. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
- "Penashue margin of victory reduced". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- "NunatuKavut protesting against Muskrat Falls project". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
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