Andrew Furey

Dwight Ball Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador

Andrew Furey

14th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
Assumed office
August 19, 2020
MonarchElizabeth II
Lieutenant GovernorJudy Foote
Preceded byDwight Ball
Leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador
Assumed office
August 3, 2020
Preceded byDwight Ball
Personal details
Born (1975-07-03) July 3, 1975 (age 45)
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Parents
RelativesChuck Furey (uncle)
ResidencePortugal Cove-St. Philip's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Alma materMemorial University of Newfoundland
ProfessionOrthopedic Surgeon

Andrew John Furey,[1] MD, FRCSC, (born July 3, 1975) is a Canadian orthopedic surgeon, politician, and the 14th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, since August 19, 2020.

Early life and medical career

Furey was born and raised in St. John's. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Memorial University and graduated from the Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Medicine in 2001. He would later accept a Fellowship in Orthopedic Trauma from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland in 2007, before then returning to Newfoundland to practice medicine at his own clinic. He was later named Memorial University of Newfoundland's Alumnus of the Year in 2012, and became a recipient of the Ignatian Spirit Award in 2015.[2] He also completed a diploma in organizational leadership from Oxford University that same year.[1] In 2017, Furey was named the Canadian Red Cross's humanitarian of the year for Newfoundland and Labrador.[3]

Philanthropic work

In 2011, Furey co-founded Team Broken Earth, a volunteer task force supporting the relief effort in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.[4] By 2013, the organization assisted hundreds of patients a week in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with Furey often personally leading the missions there.[5] The organization's efforts were temporarily halted in 2019 due to safety concerns amid rising violence in the country.[6]

Furey also co-founded the "A Dollar a Day" foundation alongside singer-songwriter Alan Doyle and businessman Brendan Paddick, which aims to provide funding for mental health initiatives in Newfoundland and Labrador.[7] In addition to this, Furey also serves as the co-chair for the Jack Hand Foundation.[2]

Political career

Furey first expressed interest in entering politics in 2015, saying that his work with Team Broken Earth "left me with a want and desire to do more".[8] Speculation that Furey was being pitched to replace incumbent Premier Dwight Ball emerged as early as 2017.[9]

When Ball announced his eventual resignation in February 2020, Furey quickly became a potential contender and was almost immediately regarded as the frontrunner to succeed him.[10] Furey announced his intention to run for the leadership of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal Party on March 3, 2020 in St. John's,[11] and he was swiftly endorsed by the majority of Ball's cabinet.[12] On August 3, 2020, he was elected leader at the party's convention, receiving approximately two-thirds of votes cast.[13] On August 19, 2020, Furey was formally sworn in as Premier, along with his provincial cabinet.[14]

On September 7, 2020 Furey announced that he would contest the by-election in Humber-Gros Morne following the resign of Dwight Ball from the legislature.

Personal life

Furey resides in Portugal Cove–St. Philip's.[1] He is married to Dr. Allison Furey and they have 3 children, Rachel, Maggie and Mark.[15]

His father, George Furey, was appointed a Senator by Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, and eventually became the Speaker of the Canadian Senate. His uncle, Chuck Furey, was MHA for St. Barbe and subsequently served as a cabinet minister in the provincial governments of Clyde Wells and Brian Tobin.

Electoral record

Humber-Gros Morne - By-election, 6 October 2020
Resignation of Dwight Ball
Party Candidate Votes % ±
NL Alliance Graydon Pelley[16][17]
Liberal Andrew Furey
New Democratic
Progressive Conservative
Total valid votes

References

  1. ^ a b c Maher, David (July 26, 2020). "Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal leadership hopeful Andrew Furey's vision for the future, plus a glimpse at his past". The Telegram. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  2. ^ a b "Ignatian Spirit Award, 2015 Recipient – Dr. Andrew Furey". St. Bonaventure's College. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Andrew Furey, founder of Team Broken Earth, named Red Cross humanitarian of the year". CBC News. June 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Team Broken Earth will keep going as long as there is a need: Dr. Andrew Furey". The Telegram. October 20, 2017. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  5. ^ Sage, Amanda (11 May 2013). "Dr. Andrew Furey, surgeon-educator-leader-healer". Kickass Canadians. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  6. ^ Kelly, Janelle (October 5, 2019). "Team Broken Earth delays mission to Haiti amid escalating violence". CBC News.
  7. ^ McNeish, Sam (6 February 2018). "A Dollar A Day foundation launches in St. John's, aims to change front lines of mental health". The Telegram. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Political life a 'noble calling', says surgeon Andrew Furey". CBC News. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  9. ^ "No immediate plans to enter politics, Andrew Furey says amid rumours". NTV News. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  10. ^ "With Deadline Looming, Still No Contenders for Liberal Leadership" (27 February 2020). VOCM. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  11. ^ Maher, David (March 3, 2020). "Andrew Furey launches bid for Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal leadership". The Telegram. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  12. ^ McKenzie-Sutter, Holly (5 March 2020). "Nearly all of Dwight Ball's cabinet backs Andrew Furey as he enters N.L. Liberal leadership race". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  13. ^ Maher, David (August 3, 2020). "Andrew Furey becomes premier-designate, will become 14th premier of Newfoundland and Labrador". Saltwire Network. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  14. ^ "Andrew Furey takes office as 14th premier of N.L., names cabinet". CBC News. 19 August 2020. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Family Life in Newfoundland". Dr. Andrew Furey. 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/alliance_nl/status/1292844391749517314
  17. ^ https://twitter.com/DonBradshawNTV/status/1303735795208122372