SIGNAL HILL-QUIDI VIDI
Current MHA: Lorraine Michael (NDP)
District profile: Created in 1995 redistribution, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi was formed out of what had been known as St. John's East. The district includes the east end of the St. John's downtown, and runs north to Newfoundland Drive. The residential mix ranges from apartments and refurbished townhouses in the older part of the city to the edges of suburban subdivisions in the east end. In the 2007 redistribution, the district territory gained 16 per cent of St. John's East and one per cent of Virginia Waters.
Political history: Once a Tory stronghold, the district has tilted toward the NDP for more than two decades.
November 2006: Lorraine Michael, a former Roman Catholic nun who succeeded Jack Harris as NDP leader in May, won a hotly contested byelection, defeating PC Jerome Kennedy, a high-profile lawyer.
1990-2006: Harris, a lawyer specializing in labour, represented Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi (and, before its creation in redistribution before the 1996 election, St. John’s East) for 16 years. Harris led the NDP from 1992 until 2006, fighting four election campaigns as leader. He was first elected in a byelection.
1989: PC Shannie Duff, a St. John’s councillor, defeated NDP MHA Gene Long to take back what had been a Tory stronghold. Duff, however, quit her seat to run for (and win) the mayoralty in St. John’s, in 1990.
1986: In a byelection, Long defeated Duff, giving the NDP its second seat (besides Menihek, which Peter Fenwick represented for five years) and its first breakthrough in St. John’s.
1970-1986: Tory William Marshall, a future Newfoundland Supreme Court of Appeal justice, held St. John’s East for a generation. An energy minister under Premier Brian Peckford who was first elected in a byelection and won six subsequent elections, Marshall resigned his seat in 1986.
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