QuickSketch: N.L. New Democratic Party leader Alison Coffin

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A look at Alison Coffin, leader of Newfoundland and Labrador's New Democratic Party:

Age: 49

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Early years: Coffin was born in Corner Brook on Newfoundland's west coast and grew up in Joe Batt's Arm. Her father was a school principal and math teacher and her mother was a nurse.

Education: She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with an economics degree in 1993 and later completed her master of economics degree at York University in Toronto, graduating in 1997.

Career: Coffin has taught economics at Memorial University since 1997 and has done consulting work for governments and businesses. She ran for a provincial seat in 2015 and lost the NDP leadership last spring to Gerry Rogers. She was acclaimed leader in March 2019 after Rogers stepped down.

Family: Coffin and her partner Ian Coombs have a son, David. She has two brothers.

Quote: "You, we, the people of this great province, deserve better decisions. Better use of our money, no more boondoggles, no more patronage, no more secret deals, no more giveaways. We must make government work for the people of this province, for families, students, seniors, for everyone committed to staying here and building a prosperous future." - After being acclaimed party leader in March.

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