| Gerry Byrne|
Liberal Party of Canada
| September 1, 1959 (age 56)
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador (1959-09-01) |
Little Rapids, Newfoundland and Labrador, Humber Valley
Gudie Hutchings Wikipedia
Gudrid "Gudie" Hutchings (born September 1, 1959) is a Canadian politician elected to represent the riding of Long Range Mountains in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election. Hutchings is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada and has been the current Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism since December 2015.
Hutchings was born on September 1, 1959 in Corner Brook and grew up in the Humber Valley. She attended Acadia University.
Prior to her election, Hutchings was a local businessperson with a nearly three-decade career primarily in the tourism and outfitting industries. She owned fly fishing lodges in Labrador, spent more than ten years on the board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Outfitters Association – rising to the position of president, and served on the inaugural national board of the Canadian Federation of Outfitting Associations. She is also a former president of the Corner Brook Chamber of Commerce. At the time of her election, Hutchings was also the chair of the Battle Harbour Historic Trust.
Gerry Byrne, who held the riding of Humber—St. Barbe—Baie Verte for the Liberal Party of Canada since 1996, decided in June 2014 to not to run in the 2015 federal election and instead run in the 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador general election. Hutchings, endorsed by Byrne, decided to run for the nomination in November 2014. She secured the nomination in March 2015 to run as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Long Range Mountains, and was elected in the federal election with about 74% of the vote.
On December 2, 2015, Hutchings was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Tourism.