Labrador's Peter Penashue hopes to regain his seat as Labrador MP in a by-election Monday May 13th. (CP/Andrew Vaughan)
Labrador CBC Reporter, John Gaudi
It's not necessary to impress a whole lot of people to become a member of parliament for Labrador. That's because it's the least populated riding in Canada. In the last federal election, the Conservative candidate, Peter Penashue, won his seat with less than 5,000 votes, clobbering his Liberal opponent by --- 79 votes.
Mr. Penashue was a rookie MP whose previous political experience was with his First Nation. He was named intergovernmental affairs minister... Canada's first Innu cabinet minister.
But things went sour for Mr. Penashue when it was revealed he spent more than he should have on his 2011 election campaign, and that he accepted ineligible donations.
Peter Penashue did resign. He blamed his official agent for the mistakes. He is now running for re-election Monday, and the Prime Minister stands firmly by him.
Mr. Penashue hopes he'll get a second chance from Labrador voters following Monday's by-election. If the Conservatives lose this riding, they will have no MP from Newfoundland-and-Labrador.
And so, this week Conservative deputy leader Peter McKay was in Happy Valley Goose Bay campaigning with Mr. Penashue and guaranteed him an immediate return to cabinet.
John Gaudi is a CBC reporter in Labrador, and he brings us a look at the campaign.
Panel: Agnes Pike / Katie Rich / Tony Anderson
Labrador is a big land, with many communities cut off from roads. Many Labradorians don't have the standard of living most Canadians enjoy. Yet it's also an economic powerhouse with expanding mining and hydro-electric projects.
With more on the importance of this by-election, we were joined by three Labradorians.
Tony Anderson lives in the Inuit territory of Nunatsiavut, and heads the Combined Councils of Labrador. He supports the NDP.
Katie Rich is a curriculum advisor for the Mushua Innu Natuashish school. She supports Peter Penashue.
And Agnes Pike owns the Ocean View resort in West Saint Modeste. She supports Liberal candidate Yvonne Jones.
They'll be voting in the by-election Monday.
This segment was produced by St. John's Network Producer, Marie Wadden.
Little Bay Islands Update
Perry Locke is the mayor of Little Bay Islands, a remote coastal outport. He and the community were waiting to find out the results of a vote that would determine their future.
The province had offered 270,000-dollars to each household to leave home behind and re-settle somewhere bigger.
Well, Perry Locke's intuition was right. The 87 votes have been tallied -- and close to 90 percent are in favour of resettlement.
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