Andrew Furey sworn in as Newfoundland and Labrador premier after tumultuous election

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador's newly elected Premier Andrew Furey was sworn into office this morning in St. John's.

Furey told a small, socially distanced ceremony at the residence of Lt.-Gov. Judy Foote that though the province faces towering challenges, he sees opportunity in its struggles.

With a population of about 520,000, Newfoundland and Labrador is shouldering a $16.4-billion net debt, which yields the highest net-debt-to-GDP ratio in the country.

Furey told the room that the province's problems don't belong to the Liberals, the Progressive Conservatives or the NDP but to everyone.

Furey's Liberal government was re-elected last month with a slim majority after a tumultuous 10-week election plagued with delays and controversies.

Despite the troubled election and its record-low voter turnout of 48 per cent, Furey has said he believes his mandate is legitimate.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 8, 2021.

The Canadian Press