Gerry Rogers stepping down as NDP leader, not seeking re-election

MHA and Leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democrats Gerry Rogers is leaving politics.

Rogers made the announcement Tuesday morning at Confederation Building in St. John’s.

“What a thrill it has been, working with you all,” Rogers said at the start of her speech. 

Rogers said it was “a very careful and very deliberate and difficult decision-making process, it was tough folks.”

She said she will stay in the job until a new NDP leader can be selected, but will not be seeking re-election in the general election this fall.

Rogers said she realizes this will put the party in a difficult position for the provincial election, adding, “I truly, truly regret that.”

However, she said the party executive is strong and she’s confident they will be able to put forward a strong showing.

Rogers listed improvements to rights for transgender people, prison reform, and a minimum wage increase among her highlights or things she is most proud of during her political career.

Won leadership last year

The St. John’s Centre MHA  won the NDP leadership in April 2018, beating out economist Alison Coffin with about two- thirds of the vote.

Rogers has been an MHA since the 2011 provincial election, representing the St. John’s Centre district.

Before that, MHA and former party leader Lorraine Michael had been acting leader. She took over the role after Earle McCurdy stepped down in September 2017.

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Gerry Rogers stepping down as NDP leader, not seeking re-election

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