June 10, 2019 11:51 am
Updated: June 10, 2019 11:57 am

Members sworn in as N.L. Liberal minority government gets to work

Newfoundland and Labrador's new minority government is poised to get to work Monday, with a speech from the throne to launch a new political era in a province that has typically elected majority governments. Premier Dwight Ball addresses the crowd after winning the provincial election, in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

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Newfoundland and Labrador’s new minority government gets to work on Monday with a throne speech to launch a new political era in a province that usually elects majority governments.

Premier Dwight Ball’s Liberals were re-elected May 16 with 20 of a possible 40 seats, with one seat still in legal limbo.

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Members were to be sworn in Monday morning but one seat will remain empty until the results are in from a judicial recount for Labrador West, where NDP rookie Jordan Brown defeated Liberal Graham Letto by just five votes.

If the recount goes in Letto’s favour, the Liberals will hold a majority.

In the meantime, the legislature is reopening for a throne speech and selection of a Speaker.

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Next on the agenda is the provincial budget, which was tabled in April but not passed before Ball dropped the election writ.

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