Nfld. & Labrador

PCs chalk up early victory as Liberal withdraws from election

Posted: October 05, 2007
Last Updated: October 05, 2007

Newfoundland and Labrador voters don't go to the polls until next Tuesday, but a Tory politician has already been declared elected.

The chief electoral officer declared Roger Fitzgerald, the incumbent in Bonavista South, as the elected representative following the withdrawal of Liberal challenger Clayton Hobbs.

Hobbs, a labourer who migrates between Alberta and northeastern Newfoundland, withdrew from the race due to health problems.

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"Because the Progressive Conservative candidate has been declared elected, there will be no polling day for Bonavista South on Tuesday," chief electoral officer Paul Reynolds said in a statement Friday.

No other candidates had declared in Bonavista South when the deadline for nominations passed last Saturday.

Fitzgerald has represented the seat since 1993.

The chief electoral office has already delayed the election in the district of Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans because of the death of Liberal candidate Gerry Tobin.