ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador’s newly elected Premier Andrew Furey was sworn into workplace Thursday morning in St. John’s.
Addressing a small, socially distanced ceremony on the residence of Lt.-Gov. Judy Foote, Furey acknowledged the province faces towering challenges and known as for his friends to do what’s proper for the province.
“The issues we’re about to sort out should not Liberal issues. They’re not Conservative issues. They’re not NDP issues or Inexperienced issues,” he stated. “They’re the issues of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”
With a inhabitants of about 520,000, Newfoundland and Labrador is shouldering a $16.4-billion web debt, which yields the best net-debt-to-GDP ratio within the nation. The province spends extra on debt servicing prices than it does on training, in keeping with its 2020-2021 finances.
Furey’s Liberals have been re-elected final month with a slim majority after a tumultuous 10-week election plagued with delays and controversies.
The Liberals received 22 of the province’s 40 seats, up from the 19-seat Liberal minority authorities elected in 2019. The Progressive Conservatives will maintain 13 seats, down from 15, and the NDP received two seats, down from three. Three Independents have been additionally elected.
Furey known as the election on Jan. 15, with voting day initially set for Feb. 13. A COVID-19 outbreak in St. John’s sidelined these plans and compelled officers to cancel all in-person voting, lower than 12 hours earlier than polls opened. Votes have been as a substitute forged by mail, and outcomes have been introduced March 27 after a number of deadline extensions for poll returns.
Regardless of a record-low voter turnout of 48 p.c, Furey has stated he believes his mandate is reliable. He’s anticipated to unveil his chosen cupboard later Thursday morning.
By Sarah Smellie