POLITICS

A QuickFacts on NDP leadership candidates on Newfoundland and Labrador

03/06/2015 12:35 EST | Updated 05/06/2015 05:59 EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Four things you should know about each of the three the candidates running to become leader of the NDP in Newfoundland and Labrador:

Chris Bruce:

— A 26-year-old who manages a coffee shop in St. John's.

— Developed an interest in politics in his youth, serving on the board of St. John's Regional Youth Parliament and Newfoundland and Labrador's Youth Parliament, and went on to study political science and religious studies at university.

— Also worked at Simon Fraser University's ecology lab in the Great Bear Rain Forest.

— His campaign has focused on prohibiting corporate and union donations to political parties, as well as making changes to the tax system to help middle-income families.

Mike Goosney:

— A 37-year-old former municipal councillor in Labrador City, he works as a pipefitter at the Iron Ore Company of Canada.

— He has lived on both the island of Newfoundland and in Labrador.

— Serves as the Labrador representative on the provincial executive of the NDP.

— Wants to rebuild the NDP and supports cutting red tape in the education system to improve training and help economic diversity.

Earle McCurdy:

— A 65-year-old with deep roots in the union movement.

— Served as president of FFAW-CAW representing fisheries workers from 1993 until 2014, and for 13 years before that as the union's secretary-treasurer.

— Decided to run for the leadership because he thinks he can spark a turnaround for the party.

— Has focused on the province's energy-dependent finances as a key issue while also telling New Democrats their choice of leader comes at a time when the party is not ideally positioned to fight an election this year.