Federal NDP leader to join byelection candidate for Lab City meeting

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NDP leader Thomas Mulcair — File photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair will visit Labrador on Tuesday to help boost the profile of the party’s candidate for an upcoming byelection in the district.

Mulcair will join Harry Borlase in Labrador City, where they will host a public meeting in the community Tuesday evening.

Borlase won the nomination to run for the party in the byelection on Sunday, defeating two other candidates to become the second official candidate. Peter Penashue, who resigned from his seat in parliament earlier this month, is the Conservative candidate.

A date for the expected byelection has not been called. Liberal MHA Yvonne Jones already said she will seek the Liberal nomination, while former Liberal MP Todd Russell announced Monday he will not be doing so. Russell lost to Penashue by less than 100 votes in the 2011 general election.

Penashue resigned from his seat over concerns his campaign accepted illegal donations and exceeded the spending limit for the 2011 general election.

Geographic location: Labrador, Lab

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  • Michael
    March 27, 2013 - 01:44

    Actually the NDP and the Liberal Party of Canada should check all the polls and whoever has the highest chance to win the one with the lower chance should step down only not to split the vote and increase the chances of having that Conservative seat replaced. The Conservatives are going too far with all their cuts and keep in mind that Penashue also voted against Bill C-400 knowing there's a shortage of affordable housing especially in Labrador City. Also I remember one time hearing complaints in a news report that some areas from time to time can't even count on clean drinking water and every once in a while some areas have to boil their water. Not enough is being done for the people, these are basic human rights issues in my opinion. If people want to see change then everyone who isn't registered to vote should register and those that can vote need to turn out in high numbers. Too many Canadians take for granted the right to vote.

  • Manchild
    March 25, 2013 - 21:43

    Elizabeth May should ask whoever the liberal candidate is to step down.