NDP Leader Lorraine Michael speaks Friday at the campaign headquarters of George Murphy, the party’s candidate in St. John’s East. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
With election day in sight, provincial NDP Leader Lorraine Michael told reporters Friday she’s feeling confident the party will make gains on Oct. 11.
With only one seat in the House of Assembly at the beginning of the campaign — and a historical high of two NDP MHAs at one time — Michael won’t have to pick up that many seats to get her wish.
But recent polls suggest after next Tuesday, Michael could be the leader of this province’s official opposition, as the party has consistently polled above the Liberals over the last month.
“Personally I’m feeling really good,” she told reporters following an announcement on making life more affordable for the middle and lower classes. “We have wonderful candidates out there getting tremendous feedback from people.”
During the announcement, made at the campaign headquarters of St. John’s East candidate George Murphy, Michael highlighted some of the things her party would do to benefit the working class and the poor.
From reducing driver’s licence fees to $50, removing the “tax-on-tax” on gasoline and investing in child care and home care, Michael said the measures would help many middle and lower income people who are currently struggling just to pay for necessities, not luxuries.
She said her candidates all over the province are hearing that at the door.
When asked how she would define success on Tuesday, once the election results are known, Michael said being re-elected herself, and going back into the House with more than just one seat will be two factors of success.
But she said the party is aiming much higher.
“I’m gunning for every seat,” said Michael. “People are telling us that they want us to represent them in the House of Assembly. If that (doesn’t) come through, if people (don’t) show that at the ballot box that would be a big disappointment.”
However, Michael doesn’t think she’ll be disappointed.
She said her candidates will work hard throughout the weekend knocking on doors and preparing for election day.
“We’re all energized, we have great teams ready to (get) the vote (out.) And one of the things we know we’re good at actually... is to pull the vote,” she said.