A Liberal politician running for re-election in southern Labrador has fired back at Progressive Conservative Leader Danny Williams for fanning a rumour that she plans to cross the floor.
In a rally on Monday evening in Cartwright-L'Anse au Clair, Williams told supporters that he had heard Yvonne Jones — if re-elected in the district on Oct. 9 — was planning to cross the floor to join the Tories.
Yvonne Jones is dismissing rumours that she plans to bolt from the Liberal party.
Williams told the crowd he would send Jones back to where she came from.
Jones, who has represented the district since 1996, said there is no truth to suggestions she plans to leave the Liberals.
"I've worked hard for the principles and the philosophies of the Liberal party and for the people of my district," she said.
"So this is just a rumour that they've put out there in this campaign, [and] those at home that think that I'm going to cross the floor — they can think again," she said.
"It ain't going to happen."
Jones was first elected as an independent candidate after she lost the Liberal nomination to Danny Dumaresque, who had been the Liberal incumbent in the district formerly known as Eagle River.
After Jones defeated Dumaresque in the election, she joined the Liberal caucus. She later served in cabinet before the PCs defeated the Liberals in the 2003 election.
When the Newfoundland and Labrador legislature was dissolved in September, the Liberals held 11 seats. The PCs held 34, the NDP had one and there were two vacancies.
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