Liberal Yvonne Jones wins Labrador byelection

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Published on May 13, 2013

Yvonne Jones victory speech. — Photo by Derek Montague/TC Media

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A supporter embrace Liberal Yvonne Jones after her victory speech. — Photo by Derek Montague/TC Media

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Labrador byelection candidates (from left) New Democratic Party candidate Harry Borlase, Liberal candidate Yvonne Jones and Conservative candidate Peter Penashue. Photo of Libertarian candidate Norman Andrews unavailable at this time. — Telegram file photos

Published on May 13, 2013

At just past 8 p.m., there are only a few Yvonne Jones' supporters at Tenders Lounge in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, where the Liberal candidate is holding her election party.  One supporter who arrived before 8 p.m. was surprised at the low turnout, but another pointed the numbers will pick up once people start arriving from polling stations.

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Things were quiet in Labrador West as people watched the results roll in.

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Many Jones supporters began an early celebration. There was definitely a relaxed atmosphere, as people seemed cautiously optimistic Jones will hold onto her large lead over Penashue. But Penashue's come-from-behind victory over Todd Russell is still in the back of some peoples mind. "I'm confident," said one Jones supporter. "But remember what happened 

Published on May 13, 2013

Supporters of Yvonne Jones listen to her victory speech. — Photo by Derek Montague/TC Media

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Conservative candidate Peter Penashue greets a supporter following his defeat in the Labrador byelection. — Photo by Bonnie Learning/TC Media

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Conservative candidate Peter Penashue addresses supporters following his loss in the Labrador byelection. — Photo by Bonnie Learning/TC Media

Published on May 13, 2013

Liberal supporters watch the results coming in in Labrador West Monday night. — Ty Dunham/TC Media

Penashue says it was Labrador that had lost

Liberal Yvonne Jones easily took the Labrador byelection Monday night jumping swiftly into the lead when the first polls began reporting after the day of voting ended.

She didn’t look back.

According to the Elections Canada website, the final numbers were: Jones 5,814 votes; Conservative Peter Penashue 3,922 votes; NDP Harry Borlase 2,273 votes; and Libertarian Norman Andrews with 50 votes.

There were 20,251 registered voters in Labrador, plus any others who registered on Monday. Voter turnout was 59.6 per cent according to Elections Canada.

In her speech, Jones said that Peter Penashue was a strong leader when he was with the Innu Nation and hopes that Penashue regains that type of leadership.

 She also said Harry Borlase ran a great campaign. She said she hopes Harry and his family will remain in Labrador to help move the region forward.

As for Penashue, who was trying to reclaim the seat after stepping down in March due to his campaign team breaking the rules of election spending in the last federal election, said it was Labrador that lost out Monday night.

"Tonight, we are the losers," he said to a subdued crowd.

"But we have to honour the people who made that decision. People have to take responsibility for their decisions."

Penashue thanked Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his faith in him and for the time spent at the federal cabinet table.

"It's been a tremendous opportunity and experience for me over the last two and half years. I feel I have made a huge contribution to Labrador. I have accomplished far more in these two and half years than any other MP for Labrador.”

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Polls reporting: 91/91

Liberal Yvonne Jones 5,814

Conservative Peter Penashue 3,922

NDP Harry Borlase 2,273

Libertarian Norman Andrews 50

 

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 Voter percentage:

Jones: 48.2

Penashue: 32.5

Borlase: 18.8

Andrews: .4

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Despite the staggering loss in the polls, Conservative Peter Penashue was greeted with cheers from his supporters as he entered Maxwells just after 10 p.m.

"I just want to thank everyone who helped out. We had a good run at this election," he said.

Penashue noted his many election campaigns over the years and said with all there are winners and losers.

"Tonight, we are the losers," he lamented to a subdued crowd. "But we have to honour the people who made that decision. People have to take responsibility for their decisions."

Penashue thanked Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his faith in him and for his time spent at the federal cabinet table.

"It's been a tremendous opportunity and experience for me over the last two and half years. I feel I have made a huge contribution to Labrador. I have accomplished far more in these two and half years than any other MP for Labrador."

Penashue stated this is a "new chapter" for everyone.

"We have to move forward with the new reality that Labrador has decided on.

"My children always take it hard, take it personally when I lose an election. But I tell them someone has to win and someone had to lose. In my view, Labrador lost. There is not much more to say."

 

 

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Yvonne Jones is speaking to her supporters at Tenders, after just arriving to loud cheers.

The crowd focused on Jones . . . no one watching Game 7 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins on a TV in the room.

In her speech, Jones said that Peter Penashue was a strong leader when he was with the Innu Nation and hopes that Penashue regains that type of leadership.

 Jones also said Harry Borlase ran a great campaign. She said she hopes Harry and his family will remain in Labrador to help move the region forward.

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Dave hunt, local businessman in goose bay, watches the big screen as the numbers roll in after 62 polls reported, showing jones in the lead.

 

"It doesn't look good for Peter," he said. " Labrador is in big trouble if Peter doesn't get in. "

 

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The crowd at Yvonne Jones’ camp erupted as the polls showed on the big screen that Jones has more than 3,000 ballots, well ahead of Penashue.

The crowd breathed a sigh of relief when the screen showed that Jones got the most support in Labrador City — a big question mark heading into the byelection.

The crowd is sensing a victory for Jones.

The also erupted into cheers when they saw the results from the south coast towns, especially Port Hope Simpon.

Cindy Wall, Jones' campaign manager, hugged Jones' mother Barb in celebration of Jones seemingly imminent victory.

 

 

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A few of Penashue's supporters are starting to trickle into maxwells, as they anxiously await the results of the 65 polls from across the Big Land.

Among them is long-time barber, Henry White who, as soon as the by-election was called, set up a "barber shop" poll to gauge his customers views on the candidates.

For four weeks, he chatted and debated with his patrons, encouraging them to cast their vote on the election.

Of the 280 votes cast, roughly 70 per cent were in favour of Penashue.

"I had two customers come into the shop just this past Saturday, who were from Nunatsiavut," noted White.

"They said to me, 'Yvonne Jones (the Liberal candidate) has a big wake-up call coming.'"

White said although he wasn't sure exactly what was meant by that statement, the two customers expressed their support for Penashue, but also mentioned there appeared to be a bit of support for the NDP candidate, Harry Borlase, as well.

As for White, he fears should Penashue not get in, Labrador will be shut out of any major monies or investments for anything in the foreseeable future.

"Goose Bay will be screwed," he said. "I mean, Muskrat Falls, the work on the  Trans Labrador Highway...those things are done deals. But with regards to anything new? Nothing will be done.

"If Yvonne Jones gets in tonight with her 'third-party', she will be so far behind (in parliament) you will need a magnifying glass to find her. She will do nothing for Labrador. It will be just like the 35 years if bullshit we had with the Liberals (in Labrador). They're the ones who downsized (5 wing Goose Bay) over the years.  

White firmly believes a vote for Penashue means more money and power for Labrador.

"If Peter gets in, more of our resources and money from those resources will stay in Labrador," he concluded.

"It's time this area was treated with the respect it deserves."

 

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The polls have closed in the Labrador byelection.

The Telegram will be posting the results as they come in.

 

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People in Labrador still have time to cast their votes in today’s byelection.

The polls close at 8 p.m. in most of Labrador, 8:30 p.m. on the island.

Conservative candidate Peter Penashue is hoping to reclaim the seat he gave up in March — due to overspending during the 2011 general election campaign. His challengers are Liberal candidate Yvonne Jones, New Democratic Harry Borlase and Libertarian Norman Andrews.

According to Elections Canada, there are 20,251 registered voters — plus any others who register today.

The Telegram’s website will post the results tonight as they come. Look for stories from the candidates’ headquarters and reaction stories — both online and in Tuesday’s full edition of The Telegram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Elections Canada

Geographic location: Labrador

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  • Hank
    May 20, 2013 - 08:21

    It goes to show what support Justin Trudeau has, to become the next Federal leader of canada If Your Liberal and part of his team you will win.

  • Information-Based
    May 14, 2013 - 07:27

    Good riddance to one Con. Ungracious and petty to the end.

  • Mexeman
    May 14, 2013 - 04:36

    So, PP commits an offence under EC rules, resigns his seat causing a by-election (which he fully expects to win), he loses (as expected) and he blames Labradorians?!!!! He is shameful and Labradorians are well rid of him. Lets move on.

  • Michael
    May 14, 2013 - 00:57

    Congratulations to Yvonne Jones for your victory! I think more things will probably get done such as investing more in the improvement of roads, healthcare, more affordable housing for those in need with shorter waiting lists along with more shelters available for those that are most vulnerable, any medical equipment needed at hospitals to provide the best healthcare possible, help for nurses who are over worked. Nurses work so hard and sometimes I don't think they get the credit they deserve for their dedication of helping people. I think that Ms. Jones will take the voices of the people to Ottawa about all of the things like this that matter to people because I believe she is a fighter for the people and the federal government needs to do a little more to help. Justin Trudeau also helped out on the campaign trail as some see him like a rock star, meaning being popular. I can go on and on with the list of things but I think most people understand these things and care about these things as the voters have spoken. I think when investing in all of these things makes a better and stronger community for everyone. You might even now see more people wanting to move to the area. Education is also important, when you have fewer teachers that makes class rooms larger and as we all know not everyone learns things at the same level and with fewer teachers that means that much less time available for students who may need that extra help. Investing in the education is an investment for the next generation for a stronger Canada with more future generations to fill those Canadian jobs. There's no place on earth like Canada and having more opportunities available, helping those who need an extra hand is never a waste, I have faith in Canadians. Harry Borlase is a fighter too with some good ideas, I think he would've done a good job too if he had won. That was great when Ms. Jones said she hoped Mr. Borlase and his family will stay in the area to help move thing forward. Things aren't going to change instantly, it will take time and hard work. Harry Borlasse can still have a future in politics and at the very least maybe some of his ideas will be used as it sounds like Yvonne Jones might be open to that. I have to give credit in a positive way to Peter Penashue for being graceful despite the results of the election not turning out the way he was in hope for.

  • NL TURF
    May 13, 2013 - 23:16

    Congrats Yvonne, over 90% the the population of NFLD and LARADOR knew you were going to win the election. And we all knew you took the high road , which speaks volumes about the outcome. You have shown time and time again that you will not back down from a fight and I really think that is why most voters respect you and voted for you. Congrats once again!!!!

  • darren
    May 13, 2013 - 22:28

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

  • mike
    May 13, 2013 - 21:11

    Labrador will suffer if peter don,nt get in CANADA will suffer if he does get in

  • Winston Macgregor
    May 13, 2013 - 20:52

    Congratulations! Labrador you're TOPS. It's time to cut the head off the Tory snake and you've just sharpened the sword.

  • Christine
    May 13, 2013 - 20:36

    Congratulations MP Jones!! Welcome aboard Senator Penashue!!

  • Jerry Lavers
    May 13, 2013 - 20:26

    Amazing some people are willing to forget the corruption as long as they get something. Says something about the state of our politics when we conveniently forget as long as we can reap some benefits. I just hope people are willing to take the high road.

  • Harry D
    May 13, 2013 - 19:46

    Surprise surprise... We have had enough of incompetent politicians.