Todd Norman Russell
|Member of Parliament
May 24, 2005 –May 30, 2011
|Lawrence D. O'Brien
|Liberal Party of Canada
|Inuit affairs leader
Todd Norman Dwayne Russell (born December 22,1966) is a Canadian politician and was the Liberal member of Parliament for the riding of Labrador,Newfoundland and Labrador from 2005 to 2011.
Russell was born in St. Anthony,Newfoundland and raised in William's Harbour. He is of Inuit descent and was the president of Nunatukavut until his by-election win. He was educated at Memorial University in St. John's.
On May 24,2005,Russell won a by-election in the riding of Labrador,vacated by the death of Liberal MP Lawrence D. O'Brien.His victory consolidated the standing of the federal Liberals in the minority parliament,which made it easier for the Liberals to pass budget legislation. He was re-elected in the 2006 and 2008 federal elections and served as the Critic for Aboriginal Affairs in the Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet.
In the 2011 election,Russell was defeated by Conservative Peter Penashue.
Following his electoral defeat Russell returned to the position of NunatuKavut president and has been vocal in his opposition to the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.
In 2016,Russell called on the federal government to apologize for the treatment of residential school survivors from Newfoundland and Labrador.
Labrador is a geographic and cultural region within the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is the primarily continental portion of the province and constitutes 71% of the province's area but is home to only 6% of its population. It is separated from the island of Newfoundland by the Strait of Belle Isle. It is the largest and northernmost geographical region in the four Atlantic provinces.
The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador is a political party in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador,Canada. The party is the provincial branch,and affiliate of the federal Liberal Party of Canada. It has served as the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador since December 14,2015. The NL Liberals were re-elected to a majority government in the 2021 provincial election.
The Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador is a provincial political party in Newfoundland and Labrador,Canada. The party was founded in 1949 and most recently formed the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador from the 2003 general election until the 2015 general election. The party has served as the official opposition to the government of Newfoundland and Labrador since 14 December 2015. On October 14,2023,MHA Tony Wakeham was elected leader.
Labrador is a federal electoral district in Newfoundland and Labrador,Canada,that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1949.
Canadian federal elections have provided the following results in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Fabian Manning is a politician in Newfoundland and Labrador,Canada. Manning served as a Progressive Conservative and later as the independent Member of the House of Assembly for the district of Placentia and St. Mary’s from 1999 to 2005. From 2006 to 2008 he was the Conservative Party of Canada Member of Parliament for the riding of Avalon. After his defeat in the 2008 federal election Manning was appointed to the Senate of Canada on January 2,2009,he resigned his Senate seat on March 28,2011,to run for election in his former riding of Avalon in the 2011 federal election,but was unsuccessful. Prime Minister Stephen Harper re-appointed Manning to the Senate on May 25,2011.
The 2007 Newfoundland and Labrador general election was held on October 9,2007,to elect members of the 46th General Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Yvonne Jean Jones is a Canadian politician in Newfoundland and Labrador,who was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in a by-election on May 13,2013. She represents the district of Labrador as a member of the Liberal Party caucus. On December 2,2015,she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs. Jones is a member of NunatuKavut,an unrecognized Inuit group.
Dwight Ball is a Canadian politician who was the 13th premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from December 14,2015,to August 19,2020,and an MHA. He represented the electoral district of Humber Valley in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly,and was the leader of the Liberal Party from November 17,2013 to August 3,2020.
The 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador general election took place on October 11,2011,to elect members of the 47th General Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Progressive Conservative Party formed a majority government in the 2007 election,with the Liberal Party serving as the Official Opposition and the New Democratic Party (NDP) serving as a third party.
Dennis "Doc" O'Keefe is a Canadian politician who served as the 14th mayor of St. John's from 2008 to 2017 in Newfoundland and Labrador,Canada.
William's Harbour is a former local service district and designated place in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The community was entirely resettled in 2017. The settlement was part of the NunatuKavut territory.
The NunatuKavummiut are a people formally recognized by the federal government as among the Indigenous peoples in Canada. They live in central to southern Labrador,and are of mixed Inuit and European heritage. According to recent censuses completed by Statistics Canada,the vast majority of individuals living in NunatuKavut communities identify as 'Métis' as opposed to 'Inuit' or 'Mixed Inuit'. However,they are unrelated to the Metis people of the Red River Colony of Western Canada.
The Muskrat Falls Generating Station is a hydroelectric generating station in the Labrador region of Newfoundland and Labrador,Canada. It comprises part of the remaining 35 per cent of the Churchill River that was not developed by the Churchill Falls Generating Station. The station at Muskrat Falls has a capacity of over 824 MW and provides 4.5 TWh of electricity per year.
Peter Penashue,is a Canadian politician from Newfoundland and Labrador. He was elected as the Conservative Party of Canada Member of Parliament for the riding of Labrador in the 2011 federal election. Penashue was the first Innu from Labrador to be elected to the House of Commons of Canada and the first Innu cabinet minister in Canadian history. He was also the first centre-right MP to be elected from the riding of Labrador since 1968,and only the second ever to win it since Newfoundland and Labrador joined Canada in 1949.
Dan Crummell is a Canadian politician in Newfoundland and Labrador,who represented the district of St. John's West in Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 2011 to 2015,as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party. In a 1995 by-election and the 1996 provincial election,Crummell was the Progressive Conservative candidate in the district of Gander.
Paul Gerard Lane is a Canadian politician in the provincial legislature of Newfoundland and Labrador,Canada. He represents the electoral district of Mount Pearl-Southlands in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly.
NunatuKavut is an unrecognized Inuit territory in Labrador. The NunatuKavut people claim to be the direct descendants of the Inuit that lived south of the Churchill or Grand River prior to European contact,with recent European admixture primarily from English settlers. Despite claims of Inuit heritage,according to recent censuses completed by Statistics Canada,the vast majority of individuals living in communities that NunatuKavut claims are within its region continue to identify as Métis as opposed to 'Inuit'.
John Hogan is a Canadian politician,who was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly in the 2021 provincial election. He represents the electoral district of Windsor Lake as a member of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Clifford Small is a Canadian politician who is the Member of Parliament for Coast of Bays—Central—Notre Dame,having defeated Liberal incumbent Scott Simms by a close margin of 264 votes in the 2021 general election. He is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. He is the first Conservative MP from Newfoundland and Labrador since Peter Penashue resigned in 2013. In Newfoundland alone,he is the first Conservative MP elected since 2006. He was appointed Shadow Minister for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency by Erin O'Toole on November 9,2021. He endorsed Pierre Poilievre in the 2022 Conservative Party of Canada leadership election. In October 2022,Poilievre appointed him as Fisheries,Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Shadow Minister.