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Newfoundland and Yukon Governments Renew Majorities in Votes

October 12, 2011

(Updates with Yukon results from first paragraph.)

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The Progressive Conservatives led by Kathy Dunderdale won a renewed majority in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s easternmost province, while the Yukon Party also won another majority in the country’s north.

Unofficial results posted yesterday showed Newfoundland’s Conservatives winning 37 of 48 districts with 56 percent of the vote. While the Liberals won six seats with 19 percent of the vote to maintain official opposition status, leader Kevin Aylward was defeated in his own district. The New Democratic Party under Lorraine Michael won the other five seats with 25 percent of the vote.

The result marks the first time a woman has been elected as premier of a Canadian province. Dunderdale took over in December last year after former Premier Danny Williams stepped down. Both Christy Clark of British Columbia and Alison Redford of Alberta became premier after former leaders quit.

At dissolution, the Progressive Conservatives held 43 seats in the Newfoundland legislature, the Liberals had four and the New Democrats had one.

Moody’s Investors Service said in a report last week that the province has seen a steady improvement in its public finances linked to the development of its offshore oil industry. Moody’s rates Newfoundland’s debt Aa2, with a stable outlook.

In Yukon Territory, adjacent to Alaska, unofficial results showed the Yukon Party led by Darrell Pasloski won a third straight majority by taking 11 of 19 seats and 40 percent of the vote. The New Democratic Party took 6 districts with 33 percent of the vote, and the Liberals won the other 2 seats with 25 percent.

--Editors: Paul Badertscher, Gail DeGeorge

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Badertscher in Ottawa at pbadertscher@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net


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