On Point

A year of change for NDP, Liberals

As we near the end of 2013, there's noticeable change in the Newfoundland and Labrador's political arena with big shifts for the provincial NDP and Liberals.
We're looking back at 2013 with the leaders of the opposition parties. The Liberals and the NDP are going in opposite directions as the year draws to a close. Dwight Ball and Lorraine Michael are my guests as On Point begins its year in review. 18:14

As we near the end of 2013, there's noticeable change in the Newfoundland and Labrador's political arena with big shifts for the provincial NDP and Liberals.

The Liberal party ended the year on a high note after a decade of uncertainty, electing Dwight Ball as leader and surging to first in the polls.

Ball is the only party leader who can say he's had a good year. He won the Liberal leadership, added to his caucus and is ending the year in the first spot in public opinion polls.

For the NDP, it was a very different story as it ends the year on a decline after party controversy.

The third party lost half its caucus, along with half its public support, in the last half of the year, and NDP Leader Lorraine Michael heads into 2014 facing a leadership review.

Check out this week's On Point with David Cochrane for a featured interview with both Michael and Ball.

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