Andrew Furey Sworn in as Newfoundland and Labrador Premier After Tumultuous Election

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador’s newly elected Premier Andrew Furey was sworn into office Thursday morning in St. John’s. Addressing a small, socially distanced ceremony at the residence of Lt.-Gov. Judy Foote, Furey acknowledged the province faces towering challenges and called for his peers to do what’s right for the province. “The problems we are about to tackle are not Liberal problems. They’re not Conservative problems. They’re not NDP problems or Green problems,” he said. “They are the problems of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.” With a population of about 520,000, Newfoundland and Labrador is shouldering a $16.4-billion net debt, which yields the highest net-debt-to-GDP ratio in the country. The province spends more on debt servicing costs than it does on education, according to its 2020-2021 budget. Furey’s Liberals were re-elected last month with a slim majority after a tumultuous 10-week election plagued with delays and controversies. The Liberals won 22 of …
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