ST. John’s, NL-Newfoundland and Labrador’s newly elected Premier Andrew Furay has vowed to take office in St. John’s Thursday morning.
A speech at a small socially distant ceremony at the Lieutenant Governor’s residence. Judy Foot, Fury acknowledged that the state is facing some of the most difficult challenges and called on his peers to do the right thing for the state.
“The issues we are trying to address are not liberal issues. They are not conservative issues. They are neither NDP issues nor Green issues,” he said. “They are New Found Glory and Labradorian issues.”
Newfoundland and Labrador has a population of approximately 520,000 and has a net debt of $ 16.4 billion, which is the highest net debt-to-GDP ratio in the country. According to the 2020-2021 budget, states spend more on debt repayment than education.
Fury’s liberals were reelected last month, with a small majority after a turbulent 10-week election plagued by delays and controversy.
The Liberal Party has won 22 of the state’s 40 seats from the 19-seat Liberal Minority Government elected in 2019. The Progressive Conservative Party will get 15 to 13 seats, and the NDP will get 3 to 2 seats. Three independents were also elected.
Fury called for elections on January 15th, and the election day was initially set on February 13th. The outbreak of COVID-19 in St. Johns canceled these plans and forced authorities to cancel all face-to-face voting within 12 hours of the start of voting. Instead, the ballot was voted by mail, and the results were announced on March 27, after the ballot return deadline was extended several times.
Voter turnout was a record low of 48%, but Fury says he believes his mission is legitimate. He will announce the cabinet of his choice late Thursday morning.