Michael Tutton (The Canadian Press):
The Liberals earned a hefty majority win in Monday’s provincial election in Newfoundland and Labrador, ending 12 years of Progressive Conservative rule after a low-key campaign that tapped into voters’ desire for change.
Buoyed by Liberal victories in every one of Atlantic Canada’s 32 federal ridings on Oct. 19, provincial Liberal Leader Dwight Ball repeatedly invoked Justin Trudeau’s winning strategy, saying, “People of our province want politics of hope, of change.”
Once Ball assumes power, every province east of Manitoba will be governed by Liberals, and there won’t be any governments — federal or provincial — using the Conservative brand.
The premier-designate was introspective when asked about his party’s win Monday, citing his late father as a sure source of inspiration in the days ahead.
“He would say, ‘Dwight, stay grounded and if you can do anything to contribute … to people who are less fortunate, people who struggle in life, will you do that?”‘ Ball told reporters gathered at his campaign headquarters inside a Corner Brook hotel.
“That’s the kind of work ethic you can expect from me in the next four years.”
The Liberals won 31 of the legislature’s 40 seats, the Tories seven and the NDP two.
Ball, a 58-year-old former pharmacist and entrepreneur, has said he plans to forge close links with Trudeau’s Liberals, ending an era dominated by confrontation between the province and Ottawa.