Jones to seek Lib­eral lead­er­ship

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Op­po­si­tion Leader B.5

has served no­tice that she will seek the Lib­eral lead­er­ship when the party holds its con­ven­tion in Novem­ber.

Jones, the MHA CartwrightL’Ans e Au Clair, sub­mit­ted her nom­i­na­tion forms to the party las Fri­day, July 9.

“I’m ex­cited about this race to lead the party and I look for­ward to the con­ven­tion,” Jones stated.

“ This will be a sum­mer of meet­ing and work­ing with Lib­er­als, sup­port­ers and friends from across the prov­ince to con­tinue build­ing the party or­ga­ni­za­tion for the con­ven­tion this fall and to be the foun­da­tion for the elec­tion in 2011.”

Jones has been at the party’s helm since shortly af­ter the 2007 pro­vin­cial elec­tion, dur­ing which the party was re­duced to just three seats in the House of Assem­bly.

“My lead­er­ship will be fo­cused on strength­en­ing the great party which led our proud peo­ple into Con­fed­er­a­tion with Canada,” she added.

“I will de­vote my time, ef­forts and en­ergy to draw at­ten­tion to the needs of all peo­ple in the prov­ince, but par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral ar­eas. We de­serve more than the Wil­liams’ ad­min­is­tra­tion has been able to de­liver.”

Yvonne Jones served as mayor of Mary’s Har­bour, Labrador from 1991 to 1996. In 1996, she was elected to the House of Assem­bly as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date.

She later joined the Lib­eral cau­cus in the leg­is­la­ture and was re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007.

On Nov. 15, 2007, she was named the in­terim leader of the Lib­eral party, the first-ever fe­male to hold the post.

Yvonne Jones

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