On Point

Liberal byelection win

The governing Tories lost one of their seats in the Carbonear-Harbour Grace byelection last week, and some are wondering if it's an indication of bigger problems for Premier Kathy Dunderdale and her government.
On Point examines the ramifications of the Liberal's by-election win. 18:21

The governing Tories lost one of their seats in the Carbonear-Harbour Grace byelection last week, and some are wondering if it's an indication of bigger problems for Premier Kathy Dunderdale and her government.

Former PC MHA Shawn Skinner said the loss was a big disappointment for him.

"I thought we had a great candidate, Jack Harrington … and I felt Jack could have pulled that off," Skinner said.

Skinner said the win is a great victory for Dwight Ball, who came out of the leadership race strong to take Jerome Kennedy's former district.

Russell Wangersky said the results were not surprising — but that he was surprised to the reaction after the results came in.

"You see where the numbers are going, you see the kinds of things that are going on, you'd think there'd be a better plan who to blame it on," Wangersky said.

Atlantic Director for UNIFOR, Lana Payne, said the success of the Liberal party is a stark contrast with where the party was two years ago.

"Everyone had this party written off … if anything, the other two parties can look at it and say, 'We have two years before an election, maybe this gives us time to get our act together,'" Payne said.

Payne added the Liberal's new united party also helped rein in the district for Sam Slade.

Skinner, Wangersky and Payne were on this week's panel for On Point with David Cochrane.

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