Parsons wins big as Liberals form majority government

Bryan Tait bryan.tait@tc.tc
Published on November 30, 2015

Andrew Parsons was easily re-elected in Burgeo-La Poile Monday, capturing more than 96 per cent of the votes cast.

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When the dust settled, Liberal Andrew Parsons was the clear winner in Burgeo-La Poile.

With all 33 polls in the district reporting, Parsons had 3,998 votes. PC candidate Georgia Darmonkow was a very distant second with 93, with the NDP's Kelly McKeown in third with 53 votes.

According to Elections Newfoundland and Labrador, turnout in the district was just under 58 per cent.

Hedley Clark was at Parsons' headquarters in Port aux Basques, and said he'd never seen anything quite like it.

"I worked in radio back in the late '70s, early '80s, covered a lot of political campaigns," Clark said. "Never seen anybody win by this big a majority."

Clark said he wasn't surprised by the result. Instead, he expressed disappointment in both the Progressive Conservatives and NDP for not putting an effort into the campaign locally.

"Really disappointed with the PC leadership in this province to say 'We're not even concerned with this district,' " he said. "They wrote it off without even putting an effort into it."

Neither the NDP or PC candidates campaigned in the district or put up signs. The PC candidate was not named until Nov. 20, the last day for nominations. Neither candidate was made available to the Gulf News for comment on election night.

Parsons said he was surprised by his margin of victory, describing the level of support as humbling.

"I've had a good feeling all along," he said. "You have that hunch that things are going good just by the reaction you get."

Parsons said there are issues in the district that need to be addressed, and he's happy the voters gave him an opportunity to do that from the government benches.

"A wise politician once told me, don't ever forget who put you there."