This is the hub for all things surrounding the 2021 Newfoundland and Labrador Election, taking place on Saturday, February 13, 2021. (Please read an important note below regarding the timing of the 2021 NL election, which is delayed.)
The province went to the polls just two years ago under Liberal Premier Dwight Ball. His governing party fell one seat short of an outright majority, taking half of the 40 seats in the House of Assembly. Minority governments are out of character for Newfoundland and Labrador, but a stronger-than-expected showing for the Progressive Conservatives and NDP helped deny the Liberals a second majority.
In 2020, prior to the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dwight Ball announced he would stand down as Premier and as Liberal leader. Amidst the pandemic in the summer, the Liberals elected Andrew Furey to be the new leader and 14th Premier of the province. He only assumed his seat in the House of Assembly in October 2020 following a by-election.
Under Newfoundland and Labrador law, once a new premier takes over, an election must be called within one year.1 Therefore, this election had to be held no later than August 2021, but Furey has decided to go to the polls a little early and try to get a majority. Otherwise, under the province’s fixed-term election laws, the poll would have been held in 2023 assuming the Liberal government were not defeated in a no-confidence motion.
Will Furey get his majority and deliver a third term for the Liberals, or is Ches Crosbie destined to become the 15th premier of the youngest province?
Update on the 2021 NL Election: February 11th
Two days before the election, voting was suspended in almost half of the province’s ridings. The CBC reported that 18 out of the 40 ridings, all located within the Avalon Peninsula, would not see voting proceed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.2 This is specifically due to a surge in Covid cases in that region. Among the ridings not voting on February 13 is Windsor Lake, represented by Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie.
No election results will be released on February 13. It may be several weeks until the remaining ridings get to complete voting, meaning votes will not be counted until perhaps late February or even March.
Update on the 2021 NL Election: March 11th
The 2021 NL Election has now been delayed – twice. At first, the election for the full province was delayed until March 12. However, there has been a further extension until March 25 for voters to submit their ballots by mail. Election results will be revealed en masse on Saturday, March 27.
2021 Newfoundland and Labrador Election: Predictions and Results
Using the images below, you can jump to the Newfoundland and Labrador election predictions or the election results (once all voting is completed).
2021 Newfoundland and Labrador Election: Party Leaders
The 2021 election will be the first in which Andrew Furey is the Liberal leader. This is the second election for PC leader Ches Crosbie as well as NDP leader Alison Coffin. Finally, this is also the second election with Graydon Pelley leading the NL Alliance; this being the second election of its existence.
Newfoundland and Labrador Pre-Election Government
This being a relatively short legislature, there have only been two changes in membership since the last provincial election. Dwight Ball’s resignation led to Andrew Furey holding the seat, while Perry Trimper left the Liberal caucus to sit as an independent.
Newfoundland and Labrador Election Further Reading
- Holly McKenzie-Sutter, “Andrew Furey to be next N.L. premier after winning Liberal leadership,” CTV News, 3 August 2020
- CBC News, “NL election delayed for nearly half the province due to COVID-19,” CBC News, 11 February 2021