Harper calls byelection for May 13 in Labrador riding vacated by Penashue

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced a byelection will be held in the riding of Labrador on May 13.

The seat in Newfoundland and Labrador was vacated by former cabinet minister Peter Penashue last month, after he acknowledged his campaign received ineligible donations in the 2011 general election.

Penashue paid back $48,000 to the Receiver General of Canada, and blamed the problems on an inexperienced campaign volunteer.

Penashue is running for the seat again, with Harper’s full backing.

He will be competing against Liberal Yvonne Jones, a former member of the provincial legislature, and Harry Borlase of the NDP, a researcher and analyst on northern issues.

Penashue defeated the Liberals in 2011 by just 79 votes.

Organizations: NDP

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, OTTAWA, Canada

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  • sc
    April 07, 2013 - 20:40

    I hope that there will be some UN election observers there to monitor the events as no one should believe the Cons will play by the rules. They stole one election and got caught. It doesn't mean that they won't try to do the same but only that they'll try to be a bit more clever in how they do it.

  • don
    April 07, 2013 - 15:33

    If Peter loses, can we all take a collection for him. No wait, we'll be paying for his house and bills anyway.

  • Randy
    April 07, 2013 - 14:05

    Yvonne Jones will win a landslide victory,with Justin Trudeau by her side. It will look good on Harper and This cheat he loves so much

  • darrell
    April 07, 2013 - 14:04

    Nanna na na, Nanna na na, hey Peter...good bye.

  • david
    April 07, 2013 - 13:03

    The timing is sweet...the winner can start drawing their $160,000 salary just in time for "summer break"...which runs from late May until sometime in October, usually. So that's a cool $50,000 fore nothing. And putting together a 5 or 6 person staff, at an average salary of say $50,000 a year. And, of course, you can start enjoying the "free", justification-immune MP flights....but those are such competitively-priced things in Atlantic Canada that it's not worth mentioning! And, if it turns out to be Penashue again...well, not only would this mulligan have been a complete waste of time and money, but you can guess how contrite towards taxpayers and "cost-sensitive" Petey will be like.....sure. "But as long as he brings home the pork, that all that matters, right?!" Well, the problem is that while you believe you're waiting for your fresh 'pork' at the Exit of the abattoir, you're really standing, along with the rest of us, at the Entrance.