Newfoundland and Labrador's newest M.P. is Corner Brook businesswoman Gudie Hutchings. She may have to wait for the election to make it official but winning a Liberal nomination in rural Newfoundland and Labrador is tantamount to winning the seat. It is as close as one gets to a sure thing.
The official results and the count have not been released but the Telegram and various political players on Social Media are confirming the results for the new riding of Long Range Mountains.
Her opponent in the race, Corner Brook Lawyer Mark Watton seems to have conceded via a Tweet stating “Congrats @Gudie”. Born and raised in Corner Brook, Mark was a longtime senior adviser to Prime Minister Paul
Martin, chief of staff to former minister Ken Dryden, and a ministerial
aide in various departments including Fisheries and Oceans, Finance and
Social Development. He is presently on leave from his position as legal counsel to Canada's National Energy Board
The riding will cover an area from the southwest coast to St. Anthony, taking in a large portion of the current riding of Humber-St.
Barbe-Baie Verte and the South West coast components of the old Random - Burin - St. George's riding.
Corner Brook businessman Pat Hickey had announced that he was seeking the nomination but dropped out in late January turning the race into a two way contest.
Gerry Byrne, who currently represents the current Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte
riding, is retiring from the federal scene but will be seeking election to the provincial legislature when the election is called.
Congratulations to Gudie.
I am very disappointed for Mark. He is one of the brightest, skilled, qualified and passionate Liberals that I know.
Timing is everything at this "game" and when the cards are not "stacked" in your favor, you reshuffle and play again. It is the dealers deck.