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Retired cabinet minister John Efford passes at 77

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Efford operated in federal, regional cabinets.
  • John Efford passed Sunday at the age of 77. 

John Efford, 77, dies on Sunday: 

Retired Newfoundland and Labrador regional and nationwide politician John Efford have passed. He was 77. 

In a comment, Efford’s family stated he passed in hospital in Carbonear on Sunday.

“Dad was a scornful and passionate Newfoundlander who deeply loved this province and its people … he always wore his heart on his sleeve,” daughter Jackie stated in the report. Source –

“His numerous years of public service and commitment to making a distinction in the lives of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians was second to none.” Source –

Efford was seated in Newfoundland and Labrador’s House of Assembly from 1985 to 2001 as the MHA for Port de Grave.

He directed for the regional Liberal leadership in 2001. He failed that bid to Roger Grimes by only 14 votes.

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Former cabinet minister dies at the age of 77

Efford carried on to nationwide politics and moved on to be elected to the House of Commons as an MP in 2002.

He operated in the Liberal government for the following three years, with a portion of his time in office being spent as the minister of natural resources, including when Newfoundland and Labrador got a recent deal with the federal government on the Atlantic Accord in 2005.

Efford quit politics in 2006 and was interpreted with Alzheimer’s illness in 2017.

He went general with his diagnosis in an interview with CBC News two years after in hopes of getting more attention to the illness and rebounding for more analysis and scientific passages.

Premier Andrew Furey presented his consolations Sunday, naming Efford “a force.” Source –

“Without a suspicion, John was one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most recognizable and colourful figures, inside and outside the political arena,” Furey stated in a report. Source –

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