Back­bencher loses bid to be New­found­land and Labrador’s first fe­male Speaker

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton/Atlantic -

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.

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