Tom Rideout

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Tom Rideout
4th Premier of Newfoundland
In office
March 22, 1989 May 5, 1989
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor James A. McGrath
Preceded by Brian Peckford
Succeeded by Clyde Wells
MHA for Baie Verte-Springdale
In office
October 9, 2007  June 30, 2008
Preceded by Paul Shelley
Succeeded by Kevin Pollard
In office
September 16, 1975 October 1, 1991
Preceded byNew District
Succeeded by Harold Small
MHA for Lewisporte
In office
February 9, 1999  October 9, 2007
Preceded by Melvin Penney
Succeeded by Wade Verge
Personal details
BornThomas Gerald Rideout
(1948-06-25) June 25, 1948 (age 70)
Fleur de Lys, Newfoundland
Political party Progressive Conservative (1982-present)
Other political
affiliations
Liberal (1975-1982)

Thomas "Tom" Gerald Rideout (born June 25, 1948) is a former Canadian politician who served as the fourth Premier of Newfoundland from March 22, 1989 to May 5, 1989.

Newfoundland and Labrador Province of Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador is the most easterly province of Canada. Situated in the country's Atlantic region, it comprises the island of Newfoundland and mainland Labrador to the northwest, with a combined area of 405,212 square kilometres (156,500 sq mi). In 2018, the province's population was estimated at 525,073. About 92% of the province's population lives on the island of Newfoundland, of whom more than half live on the Avalon Peninsula.

Life and career

Born in Fleur de Lys, Newfoundland, Rideout was first elected to the provincial House of Assembly in the 1975 general election as a Liberal but left the party in 1980 to join the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Brian Peckford in its fight with Ottawa for control of offshore mineral resources. Rideout became minister of culture, recreation and youth in 1984 and became minister of fisheries in 1985. With Peckford's retirement from politics in 1989, Rideout was chosen Tory party leader and thus became premier of Newfoundland. One month later at the 1989 provincial election, the Progressive Conservatives narrowly won a higher percentage of votes than the Liberal Party led by Clyde Wells, but the Liberals won the most seats and Wells replaced Rideout as Premier. Rideout remained Leader of the Opposition until October 1991 when he left politics for a federal appointment as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. [1]

Fleur de Lys is a town in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The town had a population of 244 in the Canada 2016 Census.

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Rideout attempted a political comeback in the 1993 federal election, running as the Progressive Conservative candidate in Gander—Grand Falls, but was defeated by Liberal incumbent George Baker. [2]

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Gander—Grand Falls was a federal electoral district in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, that was represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1988 to 2004.

In 1997, he obtained his law degree from the University of Ottawa, and was called to the Newfoundland bar in 1998. [3]

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In 1999, he re-entered public life, and was elected as a Progressive Conservative Member of the House of Assembly for the district of Lewisporte. He was re-elected in 2003, when the PC Party formed the government. He was appointed Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs and Minister of Works, Services & Transportation (the name of which was later changed to Transportation and Works). In addition to these portfolios, Rideout served as acting Minister of Health and Community Services from September 27 to October 1, 2004. On November 8, 2005, Rideout was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Deputy Premier. In the 2007 general election he switched districts and ran in Baie Verte-Springdale, the district he had represented in the House of Assembly from 1975 until 1991.

Lewisporte (electoral district) provincial electoral district, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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On May 21, 2008, Rideout tendered his resignation as Deputy Premier, Government House Leader and Minister of Fisheries in the provincial government, in a dispute with the Premier's Office over road funding in his electoral district of Baie Verte-Springdale. [4] On June 30, 2008, Rideout resigned from politics altogether, tendering his resignation as a Member of the House of Assembly. [5]

In 2017, Rideout endorsed Ches Crosbie in the 2018 provincial PC leadership race. [6]

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References

  1. "Thomas Rideout". The Canadian Encyclopedia .
  2. "Gander—Grand Falls, Newfoundland and Labrador (1988 - 2004)". History of Federal Ridings since 1867. Parliament of Canada.
  3. "Premier Williams Thanks Former Premier and MHA Tom Rideout for Years of Dedicated Public Service". Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. June 30, 2008.
  4. "Deputy N.L. premier Rideout quits cabinet in spat with Williams". CBC News. May 21, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  5. "Former Newfoundland premier Tom Rideout quits politics". CBC News. June 30, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  6. "MHAs throw support behind Ches Crosbie". The Telegram. January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018.