NL Alliance are a group of like-minded individuals who believe that the system for politics in Newfoundland and Labrador is broken, and needs to be restored back to the hands of the people of the province. Founded in 2018, The Alliance are working to develop policies and from a set of guiding principles they believe will help establish a solid foundation for a new way of doing Government.
NL Alliance does not seek to be a new political party - rather a movement of thought and ideas that will help be the change that takes back our province from the interests that have controlled it for too long. While our goal is to have candidates run in elections under the NL Alliance banner, we ultimately desire to gain power to the point where we can finally fix the broken party system and be the Real Change we so desperately need.
Only then do we feel the people of Newfoundland and Labrador will be fairly represented in the legislature, and will decisions be made with all people’s best interests in mind.
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WE AIM TO WORK TOGETHER TO CHANGE THE CURRENT POLITICAL SYSTEM, WHICH IS BROKEN AND DOES NOT PROVIDE EQUAL REPRESENTATION FOR ALL PEOPLE IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR.
The people of Newfoundland and Labrador need a round table with forty seats, belonging to forty elected MHAs. Every elected MHA needs to have a free-thinking voice reflective of their own conscience and the needs of the people in their electoral district. It’s about service and accountability to the people - not adherence to a party line, patronage, cabinet, or personal power.
WE COMMIT TO HOLDING TRUE TO THE MEANING OF AN HONEST, TRANSPARENT, ACCOUNTABLE, AND OPEN GOVERNMENT.
If there is a crisis, people need to hear it’s a crisis. If something will cost more, people should know the full picture. If there’s a need to hire for a position, everyone should and will have a chance to apply. If Government doesn’t have an answer to a question, they should work hard until they have one, and get back to you when they do. Everyone is tired of politicians dodging questions and hearing empty rhetoric for the sake of political cover. The people of NL deserve better from those who represent them.
WE BELIEVE IN PROTECTING THE LONG-TERM ECONOMIC INTERESTS OF ALL NEWFOUNDLANDERS AND LABRADORIANS BY BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE WITH THE PEOPLE’S MONEY.
Tough decisions will have to be made and it will take courage and strength to make them. These decisions are necessary, but they will be worth it in the end. Many governments of the past have been using resources needlessly to achieve political agendas, curry favour with a chosen few, and win battles we didn’t need to fight in the first place. We must meet the needs of the people of the province and ensure there is a sustainable and prosperous future for our children and grandchildren, of which they can be proud.
WE VALUE PEACE, FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, EQUALITY, THE MULTIPLE CULTURES AND DIVERSITY WITHIN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, FOR IT MAKES US STRONGER AND DEFINES OUR IDENTITY.
There is too much that unites us, to be divided. All people deserve respect, rights, freedom, and the privilege to live in this province we call home. No matter the race, ethnicity, religion, gender, orientation, identity, creed, or beliefs, we must do everything we can to make a better life for all involved, and invite all who want to be part of this life to do so. We will show the world what a shining light this land can be.
WE REGARD THE PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF EVERY NEWFOUNDLANDER AND LABRADORIAN TO BE OUR GREATEST RESPONSIBILITY.
This isn’t about politics, politicians, or power. It’s about the people of Newfoundland and Labrador having a better life, a better tomorrow, and a better opportunity to finally have the prosperity and hope that we’ve craved for so long. We seek to end the struggle and pattern of hardship. Together, we can make the change needed for a better tomorrow.
Graydon Pelley is a husband, father, grandfather and teacher who has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 35 years. Both Debbie and Graydon work as educators to help nurture the young minds of students and seek to be a positive influence in their community as a whole.
Graydon graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador with a Bachelor of Education degree and has continued his learning in other areas such as Theology and Leadership, earning certificates in these fields from various institutions.
An active community member and volunteer for many years, Graydon has served on boards for the West Coast Senior Hockey League and the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Optometrists. He’s served on the Provincial Executive for Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association and shares his love for sports as a certified basketball official with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Basketball Officials.
Perhaps his biggest community involvement, though, has been his work to help the cause of child medicine in the province. Graydon currently sits as a Director of the Islaview Foundation, a charitable organization providing support for sick children and their families throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. He also founded and organized an annual ‘Caring for Kids Walk,’ which has raised nearly $50,000 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital.
Aside from his professional and charitable work, Graydon has been an active political organizer and participant for many years. In addition to his own run for provincial politics in 2015, he’s led District Associations and campaigned for three former premiers. He was elected President of the PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2016 and helped rewrite the party’s constitution and facilitate a leadership race in 2018.
Together, Graydon and Debbie have five adult children, a son-in-law and four grandchildren.
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Ryan is currently General Manager and Engineering Lead for a locally owned and operated group of companies that includes a structural engineering firm and steel fabrication business. He graduated from College of the North Atlantic in 2004 with a Civil Engineering Technology diploma, and bridged into a Bachelor of Engineering program at Memorial University of NL, completing his degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on structural design in 2008. He achieved his Professional Engineering Status (P.Eng.) in 2011 and is registered to practice in nine provinces and territories across Canada.
Ryan enjoys spending quality time with his wife and four children, and is proud to be able to raise his family in Newfoundland and Labrador. He realizes the need for changes in our current political structure so that other families may be afforded the same opportunity to grow and prosper here at home, for present and future generations.
When he’s not working, or spending time with family, you can catch Ryan on the ice rink or ball field.
Rudy Norman was born and raised in Burlington on the province’s Baie Verte Peninsula, where he still resides.
Graduating college with a diploma and focus in Multimedia, Graphic Design and Marketing, Rudy spent many years as a business owner, running a marketing company that helped clients in the areas of graphic design, media and communications. During that time, he put a particular focus on helping members of the tourism industry, and grew a keen interest in the market and the potential that tourism has to offer in his area and the province as a whole.
In 2010 and 2011 he sat on the Regional Economic Development Board where he championed key economic projects that helped bring new business to the region and diversify a struggling economy with new sectors and opportunities. He also chaired a number of committees involved in tourism and events during that time. In 2013, Rudy teamed up with his friend and fellow Burlington native, Comedian Shaun Majumder, to start a social enterprise focused on eco-luxe accommodations and an annual festival in their hometown called ‘The Gathering.’ Their progress, along with several other members of the community, was part of a television series on W Network called ‘Majumder Manor’ which ran for two seasons. After the end of the show, the project continued, and in 2014 the team started ‘OME, a not-for-profit focused on building social economic tourism markets on the Baie Verte Peninsula and other regions of the province.
In 2016, Rudy moved into the role of Executive Director of ‘OME and oversaw the launch of the organizations accommodations division, as well as several successful years of The Gathering festival. In 2017 he and Majumder took The Gathering on the road, with an island-wide tour, where they both shared the goal and aim of the project from stages each night, between some humour and musical guests.
Today, Rudy’s work with tourism continues in consulting work and a desire to see the province grow in new ways through innovation and new ideas. In his spare time he enjoys music, visiting places in the province he’s never been, and watching re-runs of The West Wing.
Cody Joy grew up in Corner Brook on the scenic West Coast of Newfoundland where he began his academic career, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Sociology. During which, Cody has spent a great deal of his time seeing much of the world, include studying at the University of Limerick in Ireland. His academic foci along with his adoration for travel collectively reflect his love of culture and people. During his time studying at Grenfell Campus, Cody has made a prodigious effort to involve himself in all aspects of student life by serving as a Counsellor-At-Large for the Student Union, acting as Secretary for the Grenfell Campus Lion’s Club, overseeing student elections as the student union’s CRO, and so much more.
Presently, Cody is finishing up his degree at Memorial University’s St. John’s campus, where he currently serves as Treasurer for the Memorial Anthropology Society, and sits on the Board of Directors for Memorial’s Disability Information Support Centre. He aspires to pursue a law degree upon completion of his undergraduate degree.
Andrea Newbury lives in Paradise with her husband and four children. She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador with an English Major and History minor and also focused studies in the areas of Linguistics and Psychology.
Her work experience has seen her hold positions with a major financial institution, as well as some time in the real estate industry. Since then, Andrea has stepped away from the corporate job market and moved on to her most important role yet: a full-time parent of their young children. Once all children have reached a school age, Andrea intends to return to the workforce to continue her career path once again.
Outside of her work in the office and at home, Andrea has been involved in supporting charities through fundraising and personal contributions. Her direct sales business has been a supporter of Iris Kirby House around Christmas the past two years, and she’s organized a vendor event that directly assisted with Ronald McDonald House in St. John’s.