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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

NL-First Party Achieves Official Standing with Elections Canada

The Newfoundland Labrador First Party has received official confirmation on registration with Elections Canada after meeting all required guidelines and fielding candidates in the current Federal election.

The following is an excerpt from a letter to party leader Tom Hickey by elections Canada.

Mr. Thomas V. Hickey
Leader Newfoundland and Labrador Fisrt Party
PO Box 21423
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

A1A 5G6

Dear Mr. Hickey:

I wish to inform you that the Newfoundland and Labrador First Party had at least one candidate whose nomination was confirmed for the October 14, 2008 general election. Pursuant to subsection 370(1) of the Canada Elections Act, your party became a registered political party on September 13, 2008. The registration of your party has been recorded in the Registry of Political Parties.

Your party now has all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of a registered party under the Canada Elections Act...

Since the election writ was dropped the NL-First party has nominated two other candidates and are now running in 3 ridings, St. John's East (Les Coultis), St. John's South-Mt. Pearl (Greg Byrne) and Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte (Wayne Bennett).

The NL-First party is running as a local party with national interests. The belief is that in order for Newfoundland and Labrador's 7 seats to have any value in Ottawa those elected must speak for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians rather than taking their marching orders from the leaders of a nationally controlled party system.


"SecessionNow" said...

I was informed that Mr Hickey has left the NLFirst.

Patriot said...

The intention was for Tom Hickey to retire from the party but when the election was called it was decided that he would not throw the party into a leadershiip race at this time.

Instead he has decided to stay on until after the election so the party can focus on that. The plan is to hold a convention afterward to choose a new leader.

Anonymous said...

I truly hope the NL-First party had the full compliment of SEVEN running to cover every district. I don't think they do and that is too bad.

It would be great to see all 7 districts represented and the NL-First Party Candidates winning all 7 seats.

If Seven Newfoundland and Labrador MPs in Ottawa are going to make any impression at all, it would be if they were all NL-First. Because then and only then would the other 301 Canadian MPs know that the electorate of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is trying to effect change once and for all. We were NEVER a threat before because the NL Politicians were all on auto pilot with NO PRESSURE to take any action.

Believe me the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is more important to Canada than Ottawa has made us believe. I would stick my head out to make a statement that there is NO Province in the Canadian Confederation which is more important to Canada than is the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have never thought that to be true, but true it is. If Newfoundlanders and Labradorians ever put the pressure on to get out of Canada, then and only then would they realize that their province is worth its weight in Gold. We have never put Ottawa to the test, so therefore that is the prime reason we have never come to the conclusion of what our province is worth. CANADA HAS TAKEN US FOR GRANTED FOR 59 YEARS SINCE WE DIDN'T SHOW ANY SIGN OF DISCONTENTMENT, UNLIKE QUEBEC.

I do hope that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will come to their senses and adopt the NL-First Party as the Party of Choice.

I do not know the NL-First Representative Greg Bryne personally who is running in St. John's South, but I have heard him on VOCM Radio many times sharing hsi views with the listeners and he makes so much sense. I wish that I were in his District so that I could give him my vote, but unfortunately I am not and I do not have a NL-First contestant in my District.

Myles, I am not sure if you know the Districts which have NL-First contestant vying for a seat in Ottawa, but if you do have that information, it would be nice if you could post it to your site.

Patriot said...

Hi Anon,

It is posted on the site, in the article this comment is attached to.

It reads as follows:

...Since the election writ was dropped the NL-First party has nominated two other candidates and are now running in 3 ridings, St. John's East (Les Coultis), St. John's South-Mt. Pearl (Greg Byrne) and Humber-St. Barbe-Baie Verte (Wayne Bennett).

Anonymous said...

Thanks Patriot, since I am in St. John's East, I will vote for Les Coultis!

Anonymous said...



Newfoundlanders and Labradorians think it is better to send a representative of the Conservative or Liberal ilk to Ottawa than any of of the other political parties, it conjures up in their minds that there is a lot of POWER behind those two party names. It isn't so, no matter what party from Newfoundland and Labrador is sent to Ottawa, it will not matter with 2.2 per cent of the Parliamentary vote, there is ABSOLUTELY NO POWER in the 2.2 per cent control of the votes, BUT what would matter is if the province sent 7 representatives of the Newfoundland First Party. That message, if sent, will say to all Canadians, and especially the Ottawa Parliamentarians that this time the Electorate of Newfoundland and Labrador are wide awake and they know what they are doing and what they want.

Patriot, I am wondering how can we get that message across to the Electorate of Newfoundland and Labrador.

I would like some suggestions.

Patriot said...

As a concerned citizen we can all do our small part in getting our political views out in the public domain (no matter which political ideology we adhere to).

Blogs like this one are one way, another is to spend some time on the various open line programs, writing letters to the editor or, if you are able, buying commercial ads in local papers.

Of course the best way is to get personlly involved by going door to door campaigning for your party of choice. That way you can discuss the value of your ideas with individuals in greater detail if necessary.

There are a lot of options, some better than others, but if you are serious about making a difference, even a small one, I'm sure you'll find the way that works best for you.