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May 15 set for Newfoundland and Labrador election, sources say

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  • May 15 set for Newfoundland and Labrador election, sources say


    Liberal sources tell CBC*News that the Newfoundland and Labrador election will take place on May 15, pushing a long-running informal campaign into high gear.*

    Voters have been anticipating an election call for weeks.*

    According to sources, Premier Dwight Ball will visit Lt.-Gov. Judy Foote Wednesday morning — less than 24 hours after Finance Minister Tom Osborne tabled the provincial budget*— to set in motion the dropping of an election writ.*

    Ball has steadfastly refused to narrow down an election window, only stating it would happen before the end of June.*


    The election will fall this year on a Wednesday — never a traditional day for voters to cast ballots.*

    Even though Newfoundland and Labrador has fixed-date legislation that would put a vote after Thanksgiving in October,*Ball has said he didn't want to interfere with a federal election, which is*scheduled to take place on Oct. 21.

    Also unusual about the particular timing of this election call is the fact that it begins*shortly before the Easter long weekend.

    But the House Of Assembly is closed next week, and if MHAs have to return to the Legislature on April 29,*they would have to start debating the budget. *

    That would keep incumbent MHAs off the campaign trail, while challengers vying for their seats could be out and about trying win voters over.*

    Already in campaign mode?*

    The writing has been on the wall that an election call was going to happen sooner rather than later.*

    Ball had mentioned several loose ends he had hoped to tie up before*the writ was dropped.

    That included*a new Atlantic Accord deal with Ottawa, announced with much fanfare at a hotel in St. John's at the beginning of April.*


    Last week alone, the Liberal government made a dizzying number of high-profile announcements that totaled over $339 million, on everything from a promise to build a replacement for Her Majesty's Penitentiary, to immigration initiatives to expanding the Holyrood Marine Base.*

    The announcement bonanza*continued this week, with post-Muskrat Falls rate mitigation measures and promised changes to ultimately lower car insurance rates, both of which were outlined on Monday.


    Then, on Tuesday, Osborne*tabled the budget in the House of Assembly, though key elements had been outlined in the spending announcements.*

    The ink on the budget may be dry by the time the pin is pulled on an election on Wednesday, but just barely.*

    Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador




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