Kevin Aylward named Liberal leader

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Updated: Former Liberal cabinet minister Kevin Aylward has been named leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The party's executive board has just voted for Aylward to lead the party into the Oct. 11 provincial election.

Speaking before he was officially named, Party President Judy Morrow stressed experience and political know-how in the reasoning for their decision.

Yvonne Jones, who recently stepped down from the leadership position because of health reasons, introduced Aylward to the crowd.

Speaking to the media following the announcement, Aylward said he intends to hit the ground running. After getting up to speed as quickly as possible, he said he will be touring the province later this week, and holding news conferences on various issues in different regions.

Aylward beat out six other contenders who put their names forward for the top job in the Liberal Party.

All of this comes less than a week after Jones stunned the political world by stepping down as party leader, citing health reasons.

Organizations: Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Barry
    August 15, 2011 - 06:46

    I guess this means we have another 4 yrs of PC rule with a horse who won't drink when led to the watering hole....

  • Turry from town
    August 15, 2011 - 05:48

    oh great! Another washed-up liberal politition back for another chance to dip into the public purse! Do these people realize that they had their day and that the public does not want to hear from them anymore?

  • A former Liberal
    August 15, 2011 - 04:05

    Nothing to see here folks....move along.

  • Just Sayin
    August 15, 2011 - 00:40

    Think I'd like him better as a blonde!

  • MallRat
    August 14, 2011 - 21:27

    Whoa!! Was I wrong.... Well Done Liberal BRASS??..... Looks like we have Blunderdale for another 4yrs, unless she decides to Retire? And to the KockKnocker last week that questioned my age, Yes I remember what Catastrophe Joey's Liberals caused and I certainly DO believe that same red tide would do the same again, they are useless!

  • Lester B
    August 14, 2011 - 20:58

    Kevin received his MHA pension by spending the least amount of time sitting as a MHA; now he back to top it up at the Leader of the Opposition rate. Too bad the focus of most NL politicians is themselves. (NL needs more individuals like Danny Williams that can truly lead!)

    • Trevor Bennett
      September 03, 2011 - 08:56

      I wish the commentors would read more history. Joey Smallwood was premier for 23 years, he built and paved 5000 miles of highways, Joey built 17 trade schools around NL, he built Universities, schools, hoapitals ect. etc. etc. His provincial debt when he left was Seven hundred and fifty million dollars ($750,000,000). Frank Moores came to power and then Brian Peckford a combined 17 years as premier. When Frank and Brian left the "troth" NL provincial debt was nearly six billion dollars $6,000,000,000.

  • Joe Brown
    August 14, 2011 - 20:43

    The new(recycled) leader of the Liberal Party is like the Liberal party itself.....ALL WASHED UP

  • Cyril Rogers
    August 14, 2011 - 20:40

    Let me be one of the first to congratulate Mr. Alyward on his selection as Leader of the Liberal Party. I can only imagine the Tory hacks right now sitting at their keyboards spouting the venom that will shortly show up here. For the record, Mr. Alyward was a solid member of various Liberal Cabinets and conducted his role with honour. He has no baggage from those days, although there will certainly be accusations to that effect, but since when does legitimate experience not count for something? He is younger at this point than were either Clyde Wells or Danny Williams when they were elected Premier, I do believe. He has a daunting task ahead of him but one thing is for certain: he is not dealing with a formidable opponent this time around. Many people in the PC ranks know that their leader is very likely to disappoint when the campaign gets underway. I know Mr. Alyward will acquit himself well on the campaign trail and will outshine his opponents. That may very well inspire Liberals who sat on the sidelines the last time around.

  • Mark D
    August 14, 2011 - 20:06

    Another soul from the past. No new blood or ideas here. No thank-you.