Thursday, July 19, 2012


The three provincial districts on the Burin Peninsula may be represented by Progressive Conservatives, but a visit from Provincial New Democratic Leader Lorraine Micheal warrants front page coverage!

Last week’s edition of the Southern Gazette heralded the "Micheal Back On Peninsula" based on an anticipated visit over the weekend to take in the Burin Peninsula Festival of Folk & Song. 

In the last provincial election, NDP candidate Julie Mitchell nearly knocked off incumbent Burin-Placentia West PC MHA & Cabinet Minister, Clyde Jackman. She lost by 48 votes in a hotly contested race that was followed by an independent recount.

A pair of recent independent public opinion polls shows the NDP are surging in popular support in this province.The Environics poll had the NDP at 38 per cent support, beating out the governing Progressive Conservatives at 35 per cent. The Liberals were third at 26 per cent. 

The poll exposed two political solitudes, the Avalon and the rest of the province. The NDP had the support of  49 per cent of the Avalon, but in the rest of the province the PC's are in the pole position with 38 per cent, followed by a virtual tie between the Liberals and the NDP in the low 30% range.

When is the last time you saw a cover story announcing the anticipated visit of the official leader of the opposition? Not since Danny Williams held the job!

No comments: