Watch here: Furey sworn in as premier, will announce new N.L. cabinet at 11 a.m. NT

Andrew Furey was sworn in as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador in a short ceremony at Government House in St. John’s on Thursday morning. 

It’s the second time in eight months Furey has been sworn in. The first time was when won the Liberal leadership race on Aug. 3 against now St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi MHA John Abbott.

“The journey has been challenging, but the highs have been very high with great views, and that’s what we need to hold on to as we move forward and tackle the challenges ahead,” Furey said Thursday. 

“The problems we are about to tackle are not Liberal problems. They’re not Conservative problems. They’re not NDP problems or Green problems. They are the problems of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

Furey said disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is also an opportunity to “reset, reimagine and reinvent who we want to be.” He said keeping the fundamental principles of making the right decisions for the province will keep the province in “good stead” moving forward. 

Furey is expected to introduce his cabinet at a swearing-in ceremony at 11 a.m. NT.

Calls for gender parity

With a newly elected majority, Furey is preparing to reveal the composition of the cabinet that will lead his government into the next provincial budget.

The unveiling comes as the Progressive Conservative Party is calling on Furey to form the province’s first provincial cabinet with gender parity.

“Seize the moment and make history by appointing the seven women that have been elected in the Liberal caucus to cabinet,” said Progressive Conservative MHA Helen Conway Ottenheimer in a media release Wednesday morning.

Andrew Furey was sworn in as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Thursday morning at Government House in St. John’s. (CBC)

Lela Evans, MHA for Torngat Mountains and PC critic for Labrador affairs, also called for a cabinet that includes more women.

“Gender parity in Furey’s cabinet would be a strong signal that the voices of women in our politics are heard and have key insight into the future of our province,” said Evans in the release.

“Furey has an opportunity to make history, and I encourage him to take it.”

Nine of the PCs’ 40 candidates in the last election were women. Two of them, Evans and Conway Ottenheimer, were re-elected.

“There were seven that were unsuccessful, unfortunately, but they were amazing women who had so much to offer but we are working hard to see that women will be elected,” said Conway Ottenheimer.

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Of the 14 members of Furey’s last cabinet, sworn in last August, three were women.

Seven of the 22 Liberal candidates elected last month were women. If cabinet includes 14 members or fewer, it would be possible to have gender parity but Furey isn’t revealing details yet.

“We’ll all see when I unveil the cabinet,” said Furey speaking at the province’s COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday.

Unanswered questions include whether Furey’s former Liberal leadership rival, MHA John Abbott, will be included in the new cabinet as a reward for defeating NDP Leader Alison Coffin in St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi, which has traditionally been a NDP stronghold.

The seven Liberal women election include Sherry Gambin-Walsh, who Furey said last year would not be returning to cabinet, after the RCMP determined she broke cabinet confidence.

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Watch here: Furey sworn in as premier, will announce new N.L. cabinet at 11 a.m. NT

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