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40th General Assembly of Newfoundland

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40th General Assembly of Newfoundland
Confederation Building East Block. Seat of the Newfoundland and Labrador government and the House of Assembly from 1960 to present.
Founded April 25, 1985 (1985-04-25)
Disbanded March 29, 1989 (1989-03-29)
Preceded by 39th General Assembly of Newfoundland
Succeeded by 41st General Assembly of Newfoundland
Brian Peckford
(Until March 1989)
Last election
Newfoundland general election, 1985

The members of the 40th General Assembly of Newfoundland were elected in the Newfoundland general election held in April 1985.[1] The general assembly sat from April 25, 1985 to March 29, 1989.

The Progressive Conservative Party led by Brian Peckford formed the government. Tom Rideout succeeded Peckford as party leader and Premier in March 1989.[2]

Patrick McNicholas served as speaker.[3]

There were four sessions of the 40th General Assembly:[4]

Session Start End
1st April 25, 1985 February 21, 1986
2nd March 18, 1986 February 19, 1987
3rd February 26, 1987 March 8, 1988
4th March 10, 1988 March 29, 1989

William Anthony Paddon served as lieutenant governor of Newfoundland until 1986.[5] James McGrath succeeded Paddon as lieutenant governor.[6]

Members of the Assembly

The following members were elected to the assembly in 1985:[1]

Member Electoral district Affiliation
Thomas Gerard Rideout Baie Verte-White Bay Progressive Conservative
Ted Blanchard Bay of Islands Progressive Conservative
Wilson Elwood Callan Bellevue Liberal
Tom Lush Bonavista North Liberal
James Morgan Bonavista South Progressive Conservative
Dave Gilbert Burgeo-Bay d'Espoir Liberal
Glenn Tobin Burin-Placentia West Progressive Conservative
Milton Peach Carbonear Progressive Conservative
John Butt Conception Bay South Progressive Conservative
Eugene Hiscock Eagle River Liberal
Hugh Matthew Twomey Exploits Progressive Conservative
Charlie Power Ferryland Progressive Conservative
Beaton Tulk Fogo Liberal
Roger Simmons Fortune-Hermitage Liberal
Winston Baker Gander Liberal
Bill Matthews Grand Bank Progressive Conservative
Len Simms Grand Falls Progressive Conservative
A. Brian Peckford Green Bay Progressive Conservative
Haig Young Harbour Grace Progressive Conservative
Norman E. Doyle Harbour Main Progressive Conservative
Lynn Verge Humber East Progressive Conservative
Rick Woodford Humber Valley Progressive Conservative
Raymond Baird Humber West Progressive Conservative
Robert Aylward Kilbride Progressive Conservative
Calvin Mitchell La Poile Progressive Conservative
Maxwell James Russell Lewisporte Progressive Conservative
Peter Fenwick Menihek New Democrat
H. Neil Windsor Mount Pearl Progressive Conservative
Leo Barry Mount Scio Liberal
Jim Kelland Naskaupi Liberal
William G. Patterson Placentia Progressive Conservative
Jerome W. Dinn Pleasantville Progressive Conservative
James Hodder Port au Port Progressive Conservative
John Efford Port de Grave Liberal
Chuck Furey St. Barbe Liberal
Ronald Gilbert Dawe St. George's Progressive Conservative
Patrick J. McNicholas St. John's Centre Progressive Conservative
William Marshall St. John's East Progressive Conservative
Thomas V. Hickey St. John's East Extern Progressive Conservative
John Carter St. John's North Progressive Conservative
John F. Collins St. John's South Progressive Conservative
Harold Barrett St. John's West Progressive Conservative
Loyola Hearn St. Mary's-The Capes Progressive Conservative
Kevin Aylward Stephenville Liberal
Chris Decker Strait of Belle Isle Liberal
Glen C. Greening Terra Nova Progressive Conservative
Garfield E. Warren Torngat Mountains Progressive Conservative
James G. Reid Trinity-Bay de Verde Progressive Conservative
Charlie Brett Trinity North Progressive Conservative
Walter Carmichael Carter Twillingate Liberal
Gerald Ryan Ottenheimer Waterford-Kenmount Progressive Conservative
Graham Flight Windsor-Buchans Liberal



By-elections were held to replace members for various reasons:

Electoral district Member elected Affiliation Election date Reason
St. John's East Gene Long New Democrat December 9, 1986 T V Hickey resigned seat in November 1986[7]
St. John's East Extern Kevin Parsons Progressive Conservative W W Marshall resigned seat in November 1986[7]
Windsor-Buchans Clyde Wells Liberal December 17, 1987 G Flight resigned seat in June 1987 to allow Liberal Party leader to run for a seat in the assembly[8]
Waterford-Kenmount Eric Gullage Liberal March 9, 1988 G R Ottenheimer named to Senate of Canada in December 1987[9]



  1. ^ a b "Election Returns 1985" (PDF). Elections Newfoundland and Labrador. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-29. 
  2. ^ "The Peckford Government 1979-1989". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage. Memorial University. 
  3. ^ "The Speaker of the House of Assembly". House of Assembly. Archived from the original on 2009-10-13. 
  4. ^ O'Handley, Kathryn (1997). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. ISBN 1-896413-43-9. 
  5. ^ "Paddon, Hon. William Anthony (1914-1995)". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage. Memorial University. 
  6. ^ "McGrath, Hon. James Aloysius (1932- )". Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage. Memorial University. 
  7. ^ a b "Election Statistics 1986:" (PDF). Elections Newfoundland and Labrador. 
  8. ^ "Election Statistics 1987:" (PDF). Elections Newfoundland and Labrador. 
  9. ^ "Election Statistics 1988:" (PDF). Elections Newfoundland and Labrador. 

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