On May 16, 2019, Newfoundlanders and Labradorians took to the polls and elected the Liberal Party of Newfoundland as the new minority Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, under the leadership of Premier Dwight Ball. The Liberals won 20 of 40 seats, the Progressive Conservative Party won 15, the NDP won 3 and two independents were elected.
The Premier was elected to his second term on a platform that focused largely on his government’s Advance 2030 document published in February 2018. The party’s objective is to make Newfoundland and Labrador the “globally-preferred location for investment” and to see more than 7,500 people directly employed in the oil and natural gas sector. It also reinforced the province’s re-negotiated Atlantic Accord which includes a dispute resolution mechanism, and guarantees Newfoundland and Labrador will receive 100 per cent of its offshore resources revenues.
In April 2019, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) released its Newfoundland and Labrador Energy Platform to all major political parties across the province in advance of the provincial election. CAPP advocates for a strong growth scenario for the oil and natural gas industry, increasing its competitiveness in the global energy market and attracting more investment to the province. CAPP works with governments of all stripes across Canada to find a way to attract investment and create jobs through the safe, responsible development oil and natural gas resources.