Meet Paul

PC Leader Paul Davis

“When the time comes – as it will – as it always does – for someone to stand up and be counted, then we as Progressive Conservatives will be there, just as we have always been there, ready and willing and united on behalf of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

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A graduate of Holland College, Paul joined the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) in 1985. Over the years he served in a variety of roles including with patrol services, criminal investigation, community policing and media relations. He served on the executive of the RNC Association until his retirement from the force in 2010.

Paul has always been an active community leader and has served on a variety of local, regional and national boards and executives.

Paul started political life at the municipal level, serving as councillor and later deputy mayor in his home town of Conception Bay South.

In 2010, Paul was elected as the Member of the House of Assembly for the District of Topsail. He was elevated to cabinet in 2011 and has served as minister in a number of portfolios including Service NL, Transportation and Works, Housing, Health and Community Services, and Child, Youth and Family Services.

Paul served as the 12th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from September 2014 to December 2015.

Beginning in December 2015, Paul is serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the Leader of the Official Opposition.

Paul has been widely recognized for his public service, being named the Crime Stoppers Police Officer of the Year and the Conception Bay South Citizen of the Year. He is a recipient of the Canada 125 Medal, Queen’s Jubilee Medal and Police Exemplary Service Medal.

A devoted family man, Paul resides in the Topsail District with his wife Cheryl and son Andrew.

Interactive Timeline

Elected in a By-election
Elected in a By-election

Paul Davis was first elected as the Member of the House of Assembly for the District of Topsail in a by-election on March 16, 2010.

Re-elected in a General Election
Re-elected in a General Election

Paul was re-elected as the MHA for the District of Topsail in the general election of October 2011.

Appointed Service NL Minister
Appointed Service NL Minister

Paul was appointed Minister of Service Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister Responsible for the Government Purchasing Agency, Office of the Chief Information Officer, and the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission in October 2011.

Appointed Transportation Minister
Appointed Transportation Minister

Paul was appointed Minister of Transportation and Works, and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation in October 2012.

Appointed CYFS Minister
Appointed CYFS Minister

Paul was appointed Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services in October 2013.

Appointed Health Minister
Appointed Health Minister

Paul was appointed Minister of Health and Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and Seniors in May 2014.

Elected PC Leader, Sworn in as Premier
Elected PC Leader, Sworn in as Premier

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Paul was elected to serve as the Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.  On September 26, 2014, he was sworn in as the twelfth Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Fought for fisheries
Fought for fisheries

"I am in Ottawa today to meet the Prime Minister and I’m asking all Newfoundland and Labrador Senators and Members of Parliament to support Newfoundland and Labrador in achieving what we rightfully negotiated, a $400 million fishery renewal fund cost-shared between the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.” - Premier Paul Davis

Hosted Premier's Health Summit
Hosted Premier's Health Summit

Over 300 health care professionals, stakeholder groups and residents gathered in St. John’s to discuss important topics related to the delivery of primary health care in Newfoundland and Labrador at the Premier’s Summit on Health Care. The summit followed two months of in-person and online consultations across the province.

Budget 2015
Budget 2015

The Davis government moved to address the province’s fiscal challenge by implementing balanced actions that recognize the current situation while, at the same time, continuing to make prudent investments in key areas that are important to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. With a fair, measured approach to protecting the significant progress Newfoundland and Labrador has made over the last decade, Budget 2015 outlined a plan to return the province to surplus in 2020-21.

Launched Population Growth Strategy
Launched Population Growth Strategy

“This comprehensive strategy reflects our government’s vision to encourage people to choose Newfoundland and Labrador as their home and to support the long-term sustainability of our communities and regions. We will work with our community partners and make important investments that support family-friendly communities, economic and community development, and encourage population growth.” - Premier Paul Davis

Hosted Canada's Premiers
Hosted Canada's Premiers

As Chair of the Council of the Federation, Premier Davis celebrated a significant milestone when the Premiers of Canada agreed in St. John's to the terms of a Canadian energy strategy, the culmination of over three years of discussions between provincial and territorial leaders, and is an important step for Canada in addressing a number of energy issues, including energy security, climate change and the transportation and transmission of energy across provincial and territorial borders.

Led PC Party in 2015 Election
Led PC Party in 2015 Election

To my 39 fellow Progressive Conservative candidates and to the thousands of volunteers and supporters who worked so hard for us in each and every district of our province, let me say how fiercely proud I am of you!   To the greatest team of volunteers, and supporters any leader could ask for – you have my utmost respect and gratitude! Thank you for your dedication, hard work and countless hours of time in support of the PC Party. Democracy does not work unless people have a real choice, and we can hold our heads high knowing that we have given Newfoundlanders and Labradorians a real choice and a vigorous fight in this election campaign.

Looking to the Future
Looking to the Future

We will not rest, be silent or back down when there is even one person who needs our attention and our voice. 2019 may seem like a long way off – and I commit to you that the PC Party will be ready, four years from now, to fight another day in 2019. That campaign begins now!   We will cooperate when it serves the best interests of the people to stand together. But when the time comes – as it will – as it always does – for someone to stand up and be counted, then we as Progressive Conservatives will be there, just as we’ve always been there, ready and willing and united on behalf of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. That is what we do, because that is who we are!