For immediate release
Feb. 12, 2019
NDP Leader Gerry Rogers (MHA, St. John’s Centre) announced today that she will not be seeking re-election in the 2019 provincial election and, as a result, is stepping down as Leader of the NL NDP. Rogers will stay on until a new Leader is elected.
Rogers says this has been a very difficult decision. After serious reflection, she decided it would be best to step down now to enable the Party to elect a new Leader to take the Party into the 2019 election.
“As I am not seeking re-election, I will also step down as Leader of the New Democrats in order to give an opportunity for the next Leader to step forward and guide us into our next chapter and into the election,” Rogers said.
“The NDP is the party that embodies the values of fairness, justice, and equality that I believe are so important to a vital and thriving society,” Rogers said.
“We are the party that puts people at the very centre of every decision, and that is what politicians and what governments must do. And I want to thank the New Democratic community for all the support and for placing their confidence in me over the years. I have also learned a lot from you.”
Party President Lynn Moore extends gratitude to Gerry on behalf of the New Democratic Party.
“Gerry’s work as an MHA and as Leader of the New Democratic Party has been instrumental in making lasting changes in our province. Her initiatives in mental health and addictions, including getting all three political parties to not only sit at the same table, but to hammer out a deal, is a testament to her ability to get things done and to improve the lives of every day citizens of our province,” Moore said.
“Gerry will continue to work to make change in Newfoundland and Labrador, she will be working with our Party, and we will look to her for guidance. Her activist roots and her love of this place and its people will see her continue to work towards a better tomorrow.”
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