Why should we trust you?

Based on a photo by Flickr's Violator3

Who do you trust in your ­electoral ‘hood?

Elling Lien called up each of the party headquarters in the ridings of St. John’s North, St. John’s East, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi, and Mount Pearl North and asked each candidate a bunch of reader-submitted, personality-test-style, and silly questions in the hope that it might just offer an authentic, unrehearsed glimpse of who these people are and what they intend to do with your vote.

Minimal rhetoric, minimal party platform, maximal people.


For a complete transcription of each of these interviews (some sections had to be edited for the print edition for reasons of space) click on the name or picture of each candidate.

St. John’s East
From Military Road in the south to Higgins Line in the north. Includes the Memorial University campus.

Ed Buckingham (PC)
Ed Buckingham (PC)

Peter Adams (LIB)
Peter Adams (LIB)

Gemma Schlamp-Hickey (NDP)
Gemma Schlamp-Hickey (NDP)

Mount Pearl North
A new district formed from a large part of the old Waterford Valley riding. Includes part of Paradise and northern parts of Mount Pearl.

Steve Kent (PC)
Steve Kent (PC) (Answered by e-mail)

Elaine Reid (LIB)
Elaine Reid (LIB)

Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi
East end of downtown and north to Newfoundland Drive.

Lorraine Michael (NDP)
Lorraine Michael (NDP)

Maria Afonso (PC)
Maria Afonso (PC)

Maura Beam (LIB)
Maura Beam (LIB)

St. John’s North
Includes much of central-northern St. John’s—Kenmount Road, Thorburn Road, and the northern half of Memorial University.

Simon Lono (LIB)
Simon Lono (LIB)

Matt Power (NDP)
Matt Power (NDP)

Bob Ridgley (PC)
Bob Ridgley (PC) (Called, e-mailed — could not be reached before press time)