Patrick Butler

Patrick Butler is a Radio-Canada journalist based in St. John's. He previously worked for CBC News in Toronto and Montreal.

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N.L. francophone school board director's travel costs top $100K in 3 years

The executive director of Newfoundland and Labrador’s francophone school board, Kim Christianson, spent more than $100,000 in travel expenses between 2017 and 2019, according to hundreds of pages of records obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada.

Furey called shortest possible campaign despite concerns from Elections NL

Newfoundland and Labrador's premier decided to call an election campaign meant to last the shortest allowable time despite concerns voiced by the province's chief electoral officer.

Thousands improperly registered to vote by mail, NDP recount filings allege

Elections NL registered thousands of voters for a mail-in ballot without following proper protocols, alleges the leader of the NDP in court filings for a recount in her St. John's district. 

'Unprecedented' spoilage, harassment of staff alleged in letters between Chaulk and parties

Letters between Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief electoral officer and the parties say an “unprecedented” number of ballots may have been spoiled and that complaints from candidates toward Elections NL staff have bordered on “harassment and unparliamentary conduct.”

'How is that even possible?': N.L. voter receives 3 ballots sent to 3 addresses

A woman on Newfoundland’s Port au Port Peninsula says she received three ballots to vote in the provincial election.

N.L. government won't release COVID-19 modelling that Furey said justified election call

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has refused to disclose COVID-19 modelling that Liberal Leader Andrew Furey said helped justify his decision to call an election during a pandemic.

Could cars finally travel to St-Pierre-Miquelon this summer?

Renovations to the wharf in Fortune — a long-awaited expansion project needed to allow cars to travel on St-Pierre-Miquelon’s new ferries — could finally be finished this summer, according to the president of the town’s port authority.

Elections NL chief says he hand-delivered 'a couple' of ballots

Chief electoral officer Bruce Chaulk says he hand-delivered “a couple” of special ballots kits. It emerged Thursday that two people who received them were PC Leader Ches Crosbie and Liberal cabinet minister Siobhan Coady.

In South East Bight, a single issue dominates this election — the ferry

In the fishing community of about 70 residents, the election’s inescapable issue is the ferry — a topic made all the more sensitive by the provincial government’s soaring debt load and series of structural deficits. 

DFO investigating 15 dead pilot whales found on Port au Port peninsula

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has launched an investigation into 15 stranded pilot whales, whose carcasses were found on the Port au Port peninsula in December.