Orthopedic surgeon Andrew Furey is premier-designate of Newfoundland and Labrador, after winning the provincial Liberal leadership race on Monday evening.
Furey was the frontrunner from the beginning, with the backing of outgoing Premier Dwight Ball's entire cabinet.
In voting results announced Monday evening in St. John's, Furey doubled the only other candidate, longtime civil servant John Abbott, with 26,443 points to 13,557 points.
In his victory speech, Furey promised to be "frank and transparent," and called on all MHAs to work together to address the dire problems staring down at the province.
"Together we can emerge from this crisis as a stronger, more caring, more passionate and more diverse Newfoundland and Labrador," he said.