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 DISTRICT: ST. GEORGE'S-STEPHENVILLE EAST
Candidate Party Vote Count Pop. Vote X
Joan Burke Conservative 2927 52.63% X
Ron Dawe Liberal 2464 44.31%
Nancy Critchley Non-Affiliated 170 3.06%
 Last Update Tue Oct 21 10:57:10 NDT 2003 43 of 43 polls reporting


 

ST. GEORGE’S-STEPHENVILLE EAST (32)

 

Candidates:
Liberal: Ron Dawe
PC: Joan Burke
Non-Affiliated: Nancy Critchley

Current MHA: Kevin Aylward

District Profile: St. George’s-Stephenville East is a long district running the length of Bay St. George (excluding Port au Port Peninsula) and all along the district of Humber West. The district contains the part of Stephenville east of Queen Street. District also includes communities of Barachois Brook, Benoits Siding, Black Duck Siding, Cape Anguille, Cartyville, Coal Brook, Codroy, Cold Brook, Doyles, Flat Bay Brook, Flat Bay Brook East, Flat Bay Brook West, Great Codroy, Gypsumville, Heatherton, Highlands, Jeffreys, Journois Brook, Loch Lomond, Lock Leven, Maidstone, Mattis Point, McKays, Millville, Noels Pond, O'Regans, Robinsons, Robinson's Station, St. Andrew's, St. David's, St. Fintan's, St. George's, St. Teresa's, St. Teresa's Station, Searston, South Branch, Stephenville Crossing, The Block, Tompkins, Upper Ferry, and Woodville.

 

 


Candidate profiles:


Liberal Ron Dawe is better known as a PC. He was a cabinet minister in Brian Peckford’s governments during the 1980s. He was elected to the House of Assembly three times in the former St. George’s district. After leaving politics he was involved in several businesses, including a dimension stone cutting operation and an inn in Buchans. The Liberal government appointed Dawe as senior advisor and coordinator of the natural heritage stewardship secretariat, a position he resigned in late 2002 when he decided to seek the PC nomination. Tory leader Danny Williams refused to allow Dawe to enter the nomination race, but wouldn’t publicly state his reasons. Dawe began a legal action against Williams, but dropped it in June. In July he switched to the Liberals and became the party’s candidate.

PC Joan Burke won the nomination in late July, defeating Cassidy Gillis and Greg Noonan. Burke, who has a master’s degree in social work, is a parole officer with Corrections Canada at the west coast correction centre in Stephenville. She also has worked with the correction service in St. John’s. Burke is a shop steward in her union. She has been active in provincial PC district associations.

Nancy Critchley is on the ballot as a non-affiliated candidate, but she is part of the informal Newfoundland and Labrador independence movement.

 
 


Political History: The district was created in 1995 from the districts of St. George’s and Stephenville.

2003:

In February 2003, Aylward announced he would not be running for re-election and he left cabinet.

In the lead-up to the current election, the PC nomination race attracted provincial attention when Danny Williams, the party’s leader, refused to allow Ron Dawe, a cabinet minister from the Peckford era, to seek the nomination. Williams refused to publicly state his reasons, and Dawe took the party to court in an effort to have his name entered in the nomination vote.

1999: In 1999, Aylward defeated PC Leonard Muise to reclaim the seat. Aylward won by 602 votes.
1995: After redistribution in 1995, Aylward won the new seat of St. George’s-Stephenville East in the 1996 election, defeating PC Cec Stein by 1, 865 votes.
1989 - 1993: Aylward held onto the seat in 1989 and 1993.
1985: In 1985, in the district of Stephenville, Liberal Kevin Aylward defeated PC Fred Stagg by 495 votes.

 

 


 

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 Overall Election Results
Party E L T Pop. Vote %
PC 34 0 34 58.72%
LIB 12 0 12 33.19%
NDP 2 0 2 6.87%
OTH 0 0 0 1.22%
 Last Update Tue Oct 21 10:57:10 NDT 2003

 
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