Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance

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Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance
Active provincial party
LeaderGraydon Pelley [1]
PresidentRudy Norman
FoundedApril 12, 2019
Split fromNewfoundland and Labrador PC Party
IdeologyPolitical accountability
Government transparency
Non-partisan politics
Populism[2]
ColoursRed, Blue, and Yellow
Seats in House of Assembly
0 / 40
Website
Official website

The Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance[3] (NL Alliance) is a political party in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The party was created by former PC Party president Graydon Pelley in November 2018, following a split over the direction of the party.[4] It was registered with Elections Newfoundland and Labrador in April 2019.[5] The party ran 9 candidates in the 2019 provincial election but failed to win any seats in the legislature.[6][7]

History and principles[edit]

In November 2018, Graydon Pelley, then-president of the PC Party, resigned from the party, citing a lack of "real change that people want" among the new leadership. Pelley had run for the PCs in the Humber-Gros Morne district in the 2015 election, coming in a distant second to Premier Dwight Ball.

Graydon stated the NL Alliance's principles were focused on fixing a "broken" political system, offering five points to fix what he sees as ills. They include:[8]

The NL Alliance held its first town hall meeting in January 2019 in the provincial capital of St. John's, with roughly 20 people in attendance, including Independent MHA Paul Lane. At the meeting, party founder Pelley laid out his basic premise for starting the party, claiming that status quo politics in the province wasn't working for residents.[9]

While Lane decided against joining the party and media gave little further attention, Pelley continued forward with his project, eventually gaining the necessary signatures to register the NL Alliance in time for the 2019 general election.[10] During the election, Pelley was included in the Federation of Labour leaders debate and the NLTA candidates forum, but was excluded from other debates.[11][12][13][14][15] Pelley personally contested the district of Mount Scio but finished a distant fourth.[16]

Electoral history[edit]

Election results
Election year No. of
overall votes
% of
overall total
No. of
candidates who ran
No. of
seats won
+/− Government
2019 5,086 2.39
9 / 40
0 / 40
Steady No seats

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Officially Registered Parties". Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  2. ^ The Telegram (January 8, 2019). "Time for Newfoundland and Labrador to part with party lines?". Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  3. ^ Maher, David (12 March 2019). "Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance awaiting confirmation of official party status". The Telegram. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  4. ^ CBC News (November 14, 2018). "Graydon Pelley walks away from PCs to start new political group". Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  5. ^ VOCM (April 12, 2019). "NL Alliance Registers as Official Political Party". Retrieved 24 April 2019.
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  8. ^ The Telegram (January 6, 2019). "EDITORIAL: Mammoth task". Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  9. ^ VOCM (January 6, 2019). "NL Alliance Holds First Town Hall Meeting in Capital City". Retrieved 24 April 2019.
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