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Todd Russell

The CBC is reporting that former MP Todd Russell will not seek the Liberal nomination to run in the upcoming Labrador by-election.

Russell was the MP for the region until he was defeated by Conservative Peter Penashue by 79 votes in the 2011 general election.

Following the 2011 election, Russell became the president of NunatuKavut, and he has been active in aboriginal rights issues.

In the two years since the election, an Elections Canada investigation has revealed that Penashue broke the law by overspending and taking corporate donations prohibited by law.

He has resigned, and will re-run in a by-election that observers widely expect Prime Minister Stephen Harper to call this week.

With Russell bowing out, it looks like longtime Liberal MHA Yvonne Jones will be the candidate for the Grits.

The NDP picked its candidate over the weekend; Harry Borlase will represent the New Democrats.


Related Canadian Press story

Ex-Liberal MP Todd Russell won't seek Grit nod for Labrador byelection

Happy Valley-Goose Bay — The man who lost his seat to former Labrador MP Peter Penashue two years ago says he won't seek the federal Liberal nomination in an upcoming byelection.

Todd Russell chose to make the announcement on CBC's Labrador Morning and could not be reached for comment in advance of the program.

Russell says he believes his time will be better spent in his current role as president of the NunatuKavut (noon-ah-TOO-ha-vut), a non-profit organization that represents the Inuit-Metis of southern Labrador.

Penashue defeated the incumbent Russell by 79 votes in the May 2011 election.

Penashue quit his post earlier this month after Elections Canada found his election campaign had accepted 28 different ineligible donations.

The ex-intergovernmental affairs minister has pledged to run in the byelection for the Conservatives in an effort to clear the air.

Yvonne Jones, a Liberal member of the Newfoundland and Labrador legislature, has said she intends to seek the federal Grit nomination.

The New Democrats selected Harry Borlase as their candidate Sunday.


Organizations: CBC, Elections Canada

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Recent comments

  • gary
    March 26, 2013 - 06:31

    He can't explain one months travel expenses when he didn't go back to Ottawa during that time.

  • jumper
    March 25, 2013 - 20:07

    Russell, your comments are laughable. You had no chance against against Jones. Stop sooking and show your respect. Peter is toast too. The fact that he is running again is a slap in the face for Labradorians. We have to waste taxpayers money on this by election due to him..

  • Kilgore Trout
    March 25, 2013 - 12:30

    Yvonne Jones will make a fine MP. I like Todd Russell too but he's being a bit of a sook here, essentially because she put her hand up first. I wish whoever isn't Peter Penashue much luck.

  • Turry from town
    March 25, 2013 - 11:23

    Way to go Yvonne,jump a sinking ship and feed from the federal trough for awhile then collect those fat pensions.A true politition you are.

  • Randy
    March 25, 2013 - 10:44

    Ms Jones will take this seat ,because the conservatives acted illegally during thhe last election. Penashue should have been formally charged with election fraud,but in any case ,the good peaple of the big land will give him the boot.

  • saelcove
    March 25, 2013 - 10:17

    Does anyone believe he bowed out, He was told to step aside, why not tell the truth

  • Don
    March 25, 2013 - 09:48

    He knows he can't beat Yvonne Jones. He's afraid to take her on in a nomination battle.

    • Danny
      March 25, 2013 - 11:07

      Phew!! There is a good chance we can get sideshow Jones outta here yet..yay!!