NDP support strong in Labrador, Borlase says
Candidate says byelection laid groundwork for 2015 federal election
NDP candidate Harry Borlase may have taken the third spot in the Labrador byelection on Monday, but he says he's happy with the support his party gained in the region.
Borlase lagged behind Liberal winner Yvonne Jones and Conservative incumbent Peter Penashue with less than 20 per cent of the vote, but he doesn't think the number accurately reflects the level of NDP support in the riding.
"My favourite line was, 'Harry, I support you, but I'm not going to vote for you,'" Borlase said.
Borlase said he thinks many people may have voted Liberal in an effort to ensure the Conservative Penashue did not get re-elected.
"Given those types of circumstances, we did well — we will break through the traditional parties in Labrador eventually, and this laid the ground work," he added.
Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair visited Labrador twice leading up to the byelection, and NDP MPs took a trip to the region to campaign with the candidate.
Borlase said the support he built for the NDP in Labrador will be a good start when the 2015 federal election rolls in.
According to Borlase, he now has those two years leading up to the election to boost NDP support in Labrador.
He has not confirmed that he will run again.