Backbencher loses bid to be Newfoundland and Labrador’s first female Speaker
ST. JOHN’S, N.L — Pam Parsons has lost her bid to become Newfoundland and Labrador’s first female Speaker.
The first-term Liberal backbencher lost to Perry Trimper in a secret ballot by the 40 legislature members in St. John’s.
An actual vote count was not released. Trimper was the man Premier Dwight Ball had publicly tapped for the job. Parsons, a 37-year-old former journalist, had said she wasn’t trying to sow rifts among the governing Liberals by running against the premier’s choice.
She said she was urged by House of Assembly members of all political stripes to put her name forward as the number of women in politics continues to lag.