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NL Alliance delivers petitions to register with Elections NL as province’s newest political group and announces plans moving forward

Today Graydon Pelley, founder of NL Alliance, was joined by supporters and members of the NL Alliance planning committee at the headquarters of Elections NL in St. John’s. While there, Mr. Pelley met with officials from Elections NL and delivered the required number of signed petitions and the application to register NL Alliance as the newest political group in the Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Today is a very exciting day for everyone involved with NL Alliance, and a historic day for Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Pelley. “When we started this journey in November, we knew it was going to be a challenge, but we were prepared for what was in front of us. Today marks the completion of the first milestone to change the way politics is done in this province.”

NL Alliance began collecting signatures on petitions in November through mail-in submissions. Elections NL rules stated a requirement of 1000 signatures to submit an application for registration. In late January, after consultations with Elections NL, scanned copies of petitions were also accepted, speeding up the process. Today, along with the application, over 1000 signed petitions were submitted to Elections NL, signed by people from all over the province, representing 104 communities and 38 electoral districts.

“We have talked with people from all over the province, and we have found that the thirst for change is out there, and a desire to work together to make Newfoundland and Labrador the best it can be is what’s driving people to lend their voice to the cause and be part of something new and exciting,” Pelley continued.

After today’s submission, NL Alliance will wait for Elections NL to do it’s formal review of the application, and provide confirmation that registration can proceed.

“The people at Elections NL have been an amazing support and resource through this entire process, and I can’t commend them enough on their professionalism and dedication. I have no doubt they will find everything they need is in order with the petitions and application, and they’ve assured me they’ll complete their work as soon as possible, so we can start to work for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Pelley stated.

That work will involve releasing platform statements, crafted through collaboration and built on the guiding principles of NL Alliance.

“One of the first things we will be releasing is the framework that we feel could be used for true electoral reform, that will eliminate the adversarial party system we have today and make sure that every government in power in Newfoundland and Labrador works for the people of the province, and not the colour of their party.”

NL Alliance will also begin the process of selecting candidates, and nominations will be called across the province once registration is confirmed. Interested individuals wishing to submit their name for candidacy consideration will be welcome to do so. A candidate application will be available, and a screening committee will determine a person’s eligibility to become a NL Alliance candidate. All successful candidates will be asked to submit a $100 application fee with their application.

“We have also spoken out previously about our commitment to help move campaign finance reform in the right direction, and administer a voluntary cap of $5000.00 on all donations,” said Pelley. “Currently, there’s no limit on political donations in this province. Other parties have built up war chests under those rules, and now claim to be in favor of changing them. We want to lead by example, by being the first ones to commit to a cap. This cap, for us, is also merely a starting point, and isn’t as far as we want to go in the future on this issue.”

NL Alliance thanks those who supported the move to get to this point, including all those who signed and helped with petitions, those who offered feedback and insight on all aspects thus far, and the people of the province who we vow to work hard for going forward.

“I’m excited about what’s to come, and we will be moving forward with other policy and election readiness plans, in the lead up to the 2019 election,” concluded Pelley.

Rudy Norman