Osborne joins province’s Liberal Party

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MHA Tom Osborne ended nearly a year of life in political limbo by announcing that he’ll be joining the Liberal Party.

Osborne had been a loyal Tory stalwart for decades, and represented the party in the House of Assembly since 1996.

But last September, he left the party, saying he couldn’t support the leadership of Premier Kathy Dunderdale.

At the announcement, Liberal leadership candidates Dwight Ball and Paul Antle watched, along with MHAs Eddie Joyce, Lisa Dempster and Andrew Parsons.

Osborne started by thanking his supporters, and greeting his "new caucus members."

He said it's taken a long time to make the decision and both the Liberals and the NDP had something to offer.

"I didn't want to make a hasty decision," he said. "The party I'm joining, I'm joining for the rest of my life."

In the end, he said, "ideologically, philosophically, politically, I'm a good fit for the Liberal Party."

Premier Kathy Dunderdale issued a brief statement today wishing Osborne well.

"Mr. Osborne has made his decision. I wish him well," she said. "Our government’s focus remains the same – doing what’s in the best interests of the people of the province and ensuring Newfoundland and Labrador’s fiscal future continues to be stable and sustainable.”



(Earlier story)

St. John's South MHA Tom Osborne has joined the province’s Liberal Party.

Osborne made the announcement this morning at the community centre in Shea Heights in St. John’s.

Osborne, once a longtilme member of the Progressive Conservative Party, walked away from the Tories in September 2012 saying he could no longer support the leadership of Premier Kathy Dunderdale.

The one-time Tory cabinet minister had been sitting as an independent in the House of Assembly since.

Both the Liberals and the NDP said at the time they would welcome Osborne to their parties.

More details to come.

Organizations: Liberal Party, Progressive Conservative Party, NDP

Geographic location: Shea Heights

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  • Barry
    August 29, 2013 - 16:15

    I look forward to the next election when I can place a big Liberal sign on my lawn supporting Tom.

  • taxpayer jim
    August 29, 2013 - 14:42

    its still corruption no matter what colour pants they wear. politics as become corrupt with greedy self serving individuals you have only one goal in mind: collecting a fat wage, robbing us through false expence claims, wine/dine on our dime, travel the world, acting like bullies in a school yard, and how can I end this by not mentioning their golden pension. little wonder why voter turn-out is so low and so many people are turned off by the crooks.

  • Scott
    August 29, 2013 - 14:42

    Where is all the Liberal supporter? I guess they are all hiding away, From the liberal comedy fest 2013.LOL. By the way Paul, when your repairing ours fairs. Stop using parts from china...LOL.. Maybe then,,,we get little bit more use's out of them.

  • Laughable
    August 29, 2013 - 13:51

    The headline reads like an answer to a question from Trivia Pursuit: Who Gives A Sh1T Edition.

  • Daniel
    August 29, 2013 - 11:41

    Tom has been irrelevant his whole life, why should we care which party he goes to bed with. Get over yourself Tom, you are just a number and a meaningless one at that.

  • Too Funny
    August 29, 2013 - 10:52

    ""ideologically, philosophically, politically, I'm a good fit for the Liberal Party". Er yeah, so why did you spend 95% of your political life with the Tories if you were "ideologically, philosophically, and politically" a Liberal? Smells more like political opportunism. I wonder if that means Cathy Bennett's Tory past now makes her a potential leader. Kinda proves that there's no difference between the parties.

  • ann
    August 29, 2013 - 10:46

    Who cares??!! - really??

  • Sean
    August 29, 2013 - 10:45

    Pretty obvious choice, they've done a complete 180 over the past 2 years. Great stuff. NDP could learn from it.

  • Dianne
    August 29, 2013 - 10:40

    Lets me get some understanding here, Tom try for years to tear our party apart, Now we are welcoming him with open arms, But almost at the sametime we say no to Charles Murphy of corner brook, Because he show leadership. No wonder the liberal are a down hill spin. They will never get another vote from me.

  • Doug
    August 29, 2013 - 10:35

    How convenient. Osbourne bided his time until it became clear which party was most likely going to form the next government and then jumped on the bandwagon.

  • concerned
    August 29, 2013 - 10:19

    im surprised he didn't go with N D P.they was a better choice

  • Betty
    August 29, 2013 - 10:12

    Yes Tom you are a good fit for the Liberal party, You don't have to worry about been honest with the people, Or even think about been transparent. LOL..Pcs are better of with you.

    • Eli
      August 29, 2013 - 11:45

      Did it occur to you Betty he could'nt stomach the PC's lack of transparency any longer? Too bad the other bench warmers don't have his gonads. THEIR political futures are more important to them than priciples. And welcome to the lineup of PC's who will crap all over him. I'm sure your instructions came right from the top where there's an excess of the stuff.