Jones to seek federal Liberal nomination in Labrador byelection

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Cartwright-L'anse au Clair MHA Yvonne Jones. — File photo

Cartwright - L'anse au Clair MHA Yvonne Jones says she will seek the Liberal nomination for the federal Labrador seat held by MP Peter Penashue, who announced his resignation Thursday over 2011 election donations.

The Conservative intergovernmental affairs minister resigned from his cabinet portfolio and his seat in the House of Commons and repaid $30,000 in “ineligible” campaign donations.

Penashue, however, says he’ll seek re-election in a byelection now that he’s cleared the air.

Jones could not be reached by The Telegram Thursday afternoon or today, amid rumours of her decision to seek the nomination in the riding.

However, she has posted on Twitter today that she will seek the Liberal nomination.



Organizations: House of Commons

Geographic location: Labrador

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  • Ed Power
    March 15, 2013 - 18:42

    I wonder if the people griping about Ms. Jones seeking the Federal seat in Labrador were as vocal when Fabian Manning, Trevor Taylor and Loyala Sullivan all attempted to do the same in the past election? Are they opposed to people moving from provincial to federal politics in general, or are they "Party" specific? Did they gripe about Jack Harris and Judy Foote as well? How about John Efford, Bill Matthews and John Crosbie? I was not a fan of the former Liberal government, or Ms. Foote for that matter, but she has certainly earned my respect over the past few years. She stepped into a job no one else wanted, and stood - virtually alone - in the House and went toe-to-toe with Danny Williams, Kathy Dunderdale, Jerome Kennedy and all the barking backbenchers in the PC party on a daily basis to challenge the government on it's policies and priorities. She has earned her stripes and a chance to represent the people of Labrador in the House of Commons. Good luck, Ms. Foote, from someone who has never voted for a Liberal candidate in a Provincial Election.

  • Danny
    March 15, 2013 - 16:39

    She has to go off the know dem Private Eyes here and Sloppy kisses...she should be headlining @ Yuk Yuk'

  • linda
    March 15, 2013 - 16:27

    GO GO GO YVEONNE JONES ... im not a resident of labrador but i do know jones is the lady ..........

  • Watchdog
    March 15, 2013 - 14:52

    Ah yes Miss jones, the lady who fought tooth and nail against Muskrat Falls and was a very vocal critic for months on end, only to do a total flip flop at the last minute provided her riding's palm could be buttered.

  • Happily Retired
    March 15, 2013 - 14:41

    How is an opportunistic politician looking to feather her own nest an international story. A better one might be that the provincial government refuses to pay pensions for politicians who quit their jobs and run out on the people who trusted them, in order to get a bigger salary in Ottawa. I bet the provincial Liberals are pretty happy, though.

  • John Deacon
    March 15, 2013 - 13:20

    Would have been most helpful if the Telegram would have included a bit of background about Ms. Jones for us main-landers and those from away. This, if your editors are not aware, is an important national, even international, story, and deserves to be treated with some journalistic depth. For example, what is her connection and links with the Innu or other aboriginal / indigenous groups in the province? And what has she spent her time doing in the provincial assembly? What are her accomplishments? Surely such a well established journalistic institution as the Telegram can do more that just rely on Twitter feeds for its news coverage? Or has the state of journalism fallen so low at the Telegram that it lacks the resources, talent, or will to inform the nation when something big happens? I sincerely hope not. I, and many others across Canada await a more informative update to this article.

    • linda
      March 15, 2013 - 16:23

      jones all the way she is a fighter for the people of labrador only one ever spoke out great lady ... if you need to know anything about her turn on the news .she will be there fighting for her people GO GO GO YEVONNE ....

  • Too Funny
    March 15, 2013 - 13:06

    Poor Russell. I bet he was jumping for joy yesterday and today he's spittin' mad.

  • Don
    March 15, 2013 - 10:52

    Der she goes, up to dat place where all dem tories lives. Dat's the place to be by'' up der where I cna get anudder pension and live of the people when I retire. Dat stupid bunch will elect me because da don't know any better.

  • darrell
    March 15, 2013 - 10:51

    Way to go Yvonne, you can be him no problem at all. Dere is no way dat Peter can beat you wit dem supporters.

    • Eli
      March 15, 2013 - 14:08

      Darrell b'y, the big money is in federal politics. Jack Harris should be able to tell you, or Scott Andrews, or Fabian Manning. What will Yvonne do with all the paintings she collected before the constitutency scandle hit the fan? She'd goin' to lug 'em off to Ottawa?