Andrew Furey sworn in as 14th premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

The surgeon and charity CEO from a political family was elected Liberal leader Aug. 3 and will replace Dwight Ball to become the 14th premier of the province. Furey, the son of Senate Speaker George Furey, was sworn in during a ceremony at Government House in St. John’s this morning. The new premier, who has never held public office and does not have a seat in the provincial legislature, will take questions at a news conference later today. Furey will inherit a troubling financial situation in Newfoundland and Labrador, with officials attributing a $2.1-billion deficit to falling oil prices and pandemic-related spending. The new premier will face the likelihood of rising electricity rates due to cost overruns from the Muskrat Falls dam and will have to manage a struggling offshore oil and gas industry. >click to read< 15:04

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