More Than the Usual Turmoil: The 2019 Provincial Election in Newfoundland and Labrador

Alex Marland, Hannah Loder

Abstract


Newfoundland and Labrador has endured political turmoil coinciding with a precipitous drop in offshore oil revenues and the multi-billion dollar cost of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric megaproject. This article summarizes the political turbulance under Premier Dwight Ball after his Liberal Party formed government in 2015 and summarizes the contrast of a relatively uneventful election campaign in 2019. The results however reflect widespread public discontent. The Liberals formed the province's first minority government since the early 1970s, inviting doubt about the premier's political future.

Keywords


Newfoundland and Labrador; elections; provinces; Dwight Ball; Liberals; Muskrat Falls

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@Canadian Political Science Review (CPSR). ISSN 1911-4125