Leader, NL NDP
Leader of the NL NDP
Alison Coffin, Leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party, was elected as the Member of the House of Assembly for St. John’s East - Quidi Vidi in May 2019.
Alison is an economist dedicated to advancing responsible public policy and excellence in governance. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Memorial University and York University, respectively. In her professional life, Alison has developed policy and strategic plans for the provincial government, taught at Memorial, and consulted on public policy, pension plans, and the provincial budget.
For several years, she also ran a successful consulting company, giving her firsthand understanding of the challenges facing small businesses, as well as the potential for small business to create jobs in the province.
A lifelong resident of the province, Alison splits her time between St. Johns, Brigus, and Spaniard’s Bay with her partner Ian. Outside of her professional career, Alison plays hockey with four local rec leagues, is an avid volunteer, and cooks for friends, family, and a football league. She has competed provincially and/or nationally in ice hockey, ball hockey, football, triathlons, bodybuilding and softball.
Her most recent professional publication, “Taking Politics out of Governance,” included in The Democracy Cookbook (eds. Alex Marland and Lisa Moore) outlines straightforward suggestions for better provincial budgeting, spending, and planning.