Post Election Representation: Meet Greater St. John’s Ten MHAs

A brief summary of who we elected to represent the 10 districts of Greater St. John's. Dwight won by having 32 seats of 40 go to Liberal MHAs across the province

The results are in, and Dwight Ball is in: The 13th premier of NL is the leader of the NL Liberal Party, and for an in depth look at what a “Stronger Tomorrow” means for them, here’s is their document on the matter.

Below is a brief summary of who we elected to represent the 10 districts of Greater St. John’s. Dwight won by having 32 seats of 40 go to Liberal MHAs across the province. The PCs earned 7 seats, and the NDP 2 (both in Greater St. John’s).

Conception Bay South: Barry Petten (PC)

♦ Professional Background is 20 years in counselling people with mental health issues.

♦ Board work has included time with the NL Association of Social Workers. He has He has also served 6 years as a commissioner with the Eastern Region Municipal Appeals Board.

♦ Served on the provincial executive for 4 years, as an area VP, and worked for the Government of NL as Executive Assistant to the Minister of Transportation and Works from 2009-2014.

Mt. Pearl North: Steve Kent (PC)

♦ Political career launched early: In 1999, he was recognized by Maclean’s as one of the top 100 Canadians to watch; In 1997, he became the youngest elected public official in the history of Mt. Pearl, and receiving a record number of votes, he was elected Deputy Mayor.

♦ Former mayor of Mt. Pearl (2003 until his resignation in 2007); was an active member of the Atlantic Mayors Congress; has been the MHA for the Mt. Pearl North District since 2007.

♦ Appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister Responsible for the Office of Public Engagement in 2012; Appointed to Cabinet to serve as Minister of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services – Newfoundland and Labrador, and Registrar General in 2013.

♦ Currently serving as the Deputy Premier, Minister of Health and Community Services, and Minister Responsible for the Office of Public Engagement.

Mt. Pearl – Southlands: Paul Lane (Liberal)

♦ Has been both a Mt. Pearl city councillor and deputy mayor.

♦ In 2014, to protest Kathy Dunderdale’s leadership/government, he jumped ship to join the Liberals, stating that “the vast majority of my constituents support me and the work I am doing, [but]they no longer have confidence in our government.” He had been the Progressive Conservative Caucus Chair.

♦ Paul has been the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Business, and Rural Development, and prior to launching his political career, he worked in occupational health and safety, hence his having served as the Opposition Critic responsible for Workplace Health, Safety & Compensation Commission.

Mt. Scio: Dale Kirby (Liberal)

♦ Incumbent MHA for this district and critic for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

♦ Kirby, along with Christopher Mitchelmore, jumped ship from NDP to the Liberals in 2013, in protest of Lorraine Michaels’ leadership of the party. Prior to that, he had been their president, hailed as “the architect” responsible for the 2011 campaign that won the NDPs their record of 5 seats.

♦ Background is in education: he is on leave from MUN’s education faculty, and has several awards for his work as a scholar and researcher. Back in the 1990s, Kirby was chairperson for the NL component of the Canadian Federation of Students, and he led a successful campaign to freeze tuition fees in NL.

St. John’s Centre: Gerry Rogers (NDP)

♦ Gerry is an award-winning filmmaker, and regularly places as a Most Vital Activist in St. John’s during The Overcast’s annual People’s Choice Awards. Ergo, she values the arts and social activism, particularly in the realm of “women’s issues, seniors, the working poor, and the LGBTQ community.”

♦ A graduate of MUN’s School of Social Work, she helped open NL’s 1st Transition House, and is well-known for her role in successfully getting the Family Violence Intervention Court reinstated and expanded after government closed it, to much contention, in 2013.

♦ Gerry has put affordable housing at the top of the public agenda, calling for a concrete Housing Strategy for NL. She founded the Community Coalition 4 Mental Health, and her historic Private Member’s Motion for an All Party Committee on Mental Health and Addictions passed unanimously in 2014.

St. John’s East – Quidi Vidi: Lorraine Michael (NDP)

♦ Loraine “has dedicated her life to social justice – as an educator and a politician.”

♦ She was party leader for the NDP from 2006-2015.

♦She worked from 1999 – 2006 as the Executive Director of the Women in Resource Development Committee, and partnered with business, labour, government, and education to achieve employment equity in the natural resource development sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador.

St. John’s West: Siobhan Coady (Liberal)

♦ Coady is currently president of Novocom Inc. (an international resource procurement company). Prior to entering politics, she owned and operated diverse companies including a biotech company, a medical research company, and a privately held fish harvesting company. She’s a a past chair and governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and former president of the St. John’s Board of Trade.

♦ Coady spent 3 years (2008-2011) an an MP for the riding of St. John’s South–Mount Pearl, during which time she was Critic, Treasury Board, a member of the Industry Committee, and vice chair of the Operations Committee.

♦ She has been recognized as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada, has received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and is a political commentator for CBC. Most recently, board duties include chairing  the 200th celebration committee of the royal St John’s Regatta.

Topsail – Paradise: Paul Davis (PC)

♦ Davis was the 12th premier of Newfoundland & Labrador

♦ His professional background was with the RNC, where he served in a variety of roles including patrol, criminal investigation, community policing, and media relations. He served on the executive of the RNC Association until his retirement from the force in 2010. He has won the Crime Stoppers Police Officer of the Year Award, the Canada 125 Medal, Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and the Police Exemplary Service Medal..

♦ He started his political life at the municipal level, serving as councillor, later as deputy mayor in his home town of Conception Bay South, eventually as an MHA for his current riding, and was elevated to cabinet in 2011, serving as minister in a number of portfolios including Service NL, Transportation and Works, Housing, Health and Community Services, and Child, Youth and Family Services.

Virginia Waters – Pleasantville: Bernard Davis (Liberal)

♦ Academic background is a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University; Currently the executive director and program co-ordinator of the Church Lad’s Brigade (CLB).

♦ Was elected as a city councilor for St. John’s in 2013. In addition to his involvement with municipal politics, he has served on many boards and volunteer organizations over the years. For example, he is currently chair for Newfoundland & Labrador Volunteer Week, and secretary on the MacMorran Community Centre Board of Directors, and commissioner with the St. John’s Transportation Commission.

♦ Big on sports; Bernard has also been heavily involved in sports, having coached the St. John’s Junior Capitals through four national tournaments. He is also the head coach of the Feildians senior baseball team.

Waterford Valley: Tom Osborne (Liberal)

♦ Worked with Statistics Canada from 1986 to 1990, with Small Business Enterprise from 1990 to 1995, and with the Penney Group of Companies from 1990 until the general election in 1996.

♦ Political career began in 1996, when he was first elected to the House of Assembly in the district of St. John’ s South. He was re-elected again in 1999 and 2003, 2007 and 2011.

♦ Has been sworn into cabinet and has served as Minister responsible for Environment, Minister of Labour, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and as Deputy Speaker. He serves as the Opposition Shadow Cabinet for Transportation and NLHC.

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