Newfoundland and Labrador’s new premier
Andrew Furey, son of Senate speaker George Furey has been sworn in as the 14th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.
New to public office, the former Orthopedic Surgeon and Charity CEO replaces Dwight Ball, who stepped down this past February. He currently does not have a seat in the legislature but could run in Ball’s riding of Humber-Gros Morne or one of the two other ridings where Liberal MPPs are not running for re-election.
The Premier has shuffled cabinet portfolios naming Sioban Coady, formerly in natural resources, as deputy premier and finance minister. Tom Osborne is now the education minister. Gerry Byrne was named immigration, skills and labour minister, and Andrew Parsons is the new industry, technology and energy minister. Lisa Dempster is the new minister of Indigenous affairs and reconciliation and Steve Croker will take over as justice minister. John Hagee will stay in his role as health minister. Rounding out the cabinet of 13 ministers are Elvis Loveless, minister of fisheries, forestry and Agriculture; Sarah Stoodley, digital government and Service NL and Derek Bennett as minister of environment, climate change and municipalities.
The Province has a $2.1 billion deficit due to pandemic spending and dropping oil prices. The offshore oil and gas industry has also faced challenges over the last year with concerns over the impact of drilling and extraction on the environment. Furey has mentioned that the federal government may have to step in to help the province out of it’s fiscal difficulties.