Cathy Bennett sworn in

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Government House ceremony precedes afternoon House of Assembly session

Cathy Bennett was sworn in as the new MHA for Virginia Waters in a ceremony at Government House in St. John's this morning.

The ceremony was completed under Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan.

With the addition of Bennett, the Liberals now have 12 of 48 seats in the province's House of Assembly.

That number is up from just eight seats held by Liberals when Sam Slade was sworn in as the MHA for Carbonear-Harbour Grace in December 2013.

Following a byelection, Slade filled the seat previously held by Jerome Kennedy. His addition to the House was followed by some high-profile defections and, ultimately, additions to the Liberal ranks.

Bennett has now been added as well, taking up the reins in the riding once held by former premier Kathy Dunderdale.

"I’m certainly very honoured and humbled to be here today. The people of Virginia Waters have entrusted me to do a job and I intend to work very hard to earn their continued trust and confidence and represent their concerns in the House of Assembly," Bennett said following the ceremony.

She said she has also been named finance critic, taking over the portfolio from Liberal leader Dwight Ball, who remains the critic for Natural Resources.

"Certainly there's no doubt that there's opportunity, but that opportunity isn't spreading across all areas of the province," she said, when asked about her priorities in her new role as critic.

"We have issues with education, we have issues with health care and I think we need to ask some tough questions about how the money is being managed."



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  • I voted wrong
    May 05, 2014 - 22:10

    So as one of the 41 votes I must say I regret that I even remotely trusted this women. How can she serve the best interests of Newfoundland when she is a prime "outsourcer" to save money. I imagine her solution to the waits at motor vehicles will to be hire TFW's. Remember a tiger never changes their stripes and her reliance on TFW's will result in a short political life.

  • Christopher Chafe
    May 05, 2014 - 18:17

    With all the money she has and has saved from hiring TFW's you would think that she would have tailored suits for her sons and husband.

  • darrell
    May 05, 2014 - 17:03

    Atta girl Cathy, you will be a great MHA and our province should feel lucky to have you.

  • Guy Incognito
    May 05, 2014 - 11:31

    She is very fortunate that the temporary worker fiasco didn't come to light before her election. 41 votes is not much of margin to win by. I don't know if she could pull it off today.

  • Scott
    May 05, 2014 - 09:35

    Welcome aboard the Zebra party, what color do you represent? LOL..

  • Laughable
    May 05, 2014 - 09:02

    VW, tell us how does this make you feel, knowing you help this lady to ship out our young.

    • esther
      May 05, 2014 - 16:09

      maybe the liberals could get her to look after immigrants to the province and just ship out our youth so the rich get richer and that sadly is what is all about