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PC Party won't support Perry Trimper as Speaker in Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly

Speaker Perry Trimper.
Perry Trimper when he was Speaker of the House of Assembly. - David Maher
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

The province's official opposition says it won't support Perry Trimper in a potential bid to seek the role of Speaker in the province's House of Assembly.

As first reported by NTV's Michael Connors on Oct. 23, Trimper confirmed his intention to seek re-election to the position when the house re-opens next month.

Trimper was Speaker from 2017 until this spring when he was appointed to the cabinet following the general election. This September, he resigned from caucus in the wake of a five-minute audio file of a voice mail left by Trimper on Thursday that was made public by the Innu Nation last night.

“The racially charged comments from Mr. Trimper and the other unidentified individual on the recording have caused an immense amount of pain for indigenous peoples and the whole of Labrador," PC Leader Ches Crosbie states in a release.

"As a caucus, we cannot in good conscience support Mr. Trimper for the role of Speaker of the House of Assembly."

PC Opposition critic for Labrador and Indigenous Affairs Lela Evans stated that the Trimper recording has been particularly hurtful because it undermined indigenous peoples attempt to maintain their language while actively participating in today's society.

“Any insinuation that indigenous peoples are ‘entitled’ for simply asking the provincial government for help with translation services is completely and utterly unacceptable” reads Evans statement.

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