Nfld. & Labrador

Liberal MHAs Scott Reid, Stelman Flynn to square off in new district

Two newly-minted MHAs will compete for the same district on the west coast of Newfoundland because of shrinking political districts across the island.

St. George's-Grand Lake among new districts in province-wide electoral reform

Liberal MHAs Scott Reid and Stelman Flynn are set to square off in the new district of St. George's-Grand Lake. 2:26

Two newly-minted Liberal MHAs will compete for the same district on the west coast of Newfoundland because of shrinking political districts across the island.

Scott Reid, who represents St. George's-Stephenville East, and Stelman Flynn, who represents Humber-East, will vie the party's nomination for the new district of St. George's-Grand Lake.

That district was drawn up by the electoral boundaries commission and passed in the House of Assembly last week. The Nov. 30 election will see voters select representatives in 40 districts, down from the current array of 48. 

Much of the squeeze will be felt in rural Newfoundland districts, where there has been a general slide in population.

Reid and Flynn were collegial as they chatted with reporters outside the House of Assembly Monday about how they will have to compete against each other for a seat. 

"About 80 per cent of the district I represent now is in this new district of St. George's-Grand Lake. It's a place where my family is from, it's the place where I grew up," Reid said. 

"I have an emotional attachment to the district and feel very strongly that that's where I want to run."

It's fair to say that we respect each other and what we bring to the process- Scott Reid

Reid admits running in Stephenville-Port au Port would have avoided being pitted against another MHA, but said that isn't stopping him from going after his preferred district.

Flynn, much like Reid, cites a personal connection to the newly-formed district as a reason to run there. 

"I live in the district … I've always said that that's the area that I want to represent," Flynn said. 

"I have significant investments there, both personally and business-wise, and I felt that was the area I want to represent."

The two sitting MHAs said they will maintain their dignity through the nomination process.

"It's fair to say that we respect each other and what we bring to the process," Reid said. 

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