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