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  • NL Heading to the Polls on May 16 for Provincial Election

    Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are heading to the polls May 16.

    Premier Dwight Ball dropped the writ in an election-style announcement this evening from the lobby of Confederation Building.

    Speculation about a spring election has been known for some time. The governing Liberals led up to this evening’s announcement with a long list of funding and program announcements, followed by a “good-news” budget, which won’t pass in the House of Assembly until after the election.

    Ball defended those moves in his speech, saying he remained committed to “delivering key parts” of their plan to the people of the province.

    PC Leader Ches Crosbie addressed party faithful at Tory Campaign Headquarters in St. John’s immediately following the drop of the writ.

    He took aim directly at the Ball Liberals and his federal counterparts in Ottawa.

    He says as premier, he will defend the province’s offshore rights, and make equalization fair.

    He says Ottawa and Quebec City will learn that the days of “No fight in Dwight are over, and you don’t mess with Ches.”

    NDP Leader Allison Coffin, an economist, told reporters today she’s concerned about the budget announced yesterday, and will be highlighting those issues throughout her campaign.

    She says she’s been paying attention to the Auditor General’s report and public accounts, and she knows what’s going on.

    Graydon Pelley, the leader of the NL Alliance, is also launching his campaign with the intention of running candidates in each district.

    The governing Liberals are running a full slate, while the PCs are close to having all their candidates in place. Now that the writ has been dropped, the NDP and NL Alliance have eight days to get their candidates registered.

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