Nfld. & Labrador

Lorraine Michael makes it official: She's running in St. John's East-Signal Hill

Lorraine Michael may have stepped down as leader of the NDP, but her political career is far from over.
NDP MHA Lorraine Michael told reporters at a scrum Thursday that she will run in the new district of St. John's East-Signal Hill. (CBC)

Lorraine Michael may have stepped down as leader of the NDP, but her political career is far from over. 

Michael confirmed Thursday she wants to represent the New Democrats in St. John's East-Signal Hill, one of the new districts drawn by the electoral boundaries commission that cut the number of seats in the House of Assembly from 48 seats to 40. 

MHAs passed the bill 27-5 late Thursday afternoon. Michael opposed the bill, saying it will diminish the voice of rural residents in the House of Assembly. 

Michael has represented Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi since winning it in a 2006 byelection. 

Michael said "it  took a lot of deliberation and a lot of consultation" to choose which district to run in, as half of the polls in her old district are in the new one. 

"I felt very strong about my whole district, very connected with all of the district. So it was a hard choice to come down to," she told reporters Thursday. 

"But I consulted widely, and I especially consulted with my district association, looked at it from every angle that I could, and finally decided on the one I decided on," she said. 

Michael added that a key factor is that she lives in the new district. 

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