The Newfoundland Liberals have 11 MLAs in the legislature. I want to do a short examination of them.
Ball is the leader, and former interim leader. His riding is on the Northern Peninsula, in Eastern and Northern Newfoundland. He narrowly held his riding in the last election.
Bennett is Ball's riding neighbour, and won by a similarly narrow margin in the last election. He's perhaps best known for being leader for 3 months, and being married to Sandra Pupatello.
One of the few riding gains for the party in the last election, he represents northern Labrador.
Another riding neighbour of both Ball and Bennett, Joyce is a former interim leader. He regained his seat, which he had held for years, after losing it in the prior election.
Representing an area in the south-west, Parsons is the son of former leader Kelvin Parsons, who was leader during the last election.
These 5 members are the only 5 MLAs who were elected as Liberals in the last election.
This is the person who replaced Yvonne Jones when she ran federally. Dempster managed to hold the riding for the party.
These are the 6 ridings the party won in the last election.
Elected in a by-election last year, Slade represents a part of the Avalon peninsula.
These are the 7 people who entered the legislature as Liberals.
After sitting as an Independent for a year, this former Tory joined the Liberals in 2013.
Another former Tory also from the St. John's area, Paul joined the party only a few weeks ago in protest of Dunderdale, who resigned the next day.
This third St. John's MLA comes from the NDP, he crossed the floor yesterday!
Also from the NDP, this MLA comes from the tip of the Northern Peninsula. His departure from the NDP and joining the Liberals makes the former a St. John's only party, and gives the Liberals a solid area of support on the Northern Peninsula. Mitchelmore won the riding in 2011 on a base of 7% NDP support. He was the only NDPer elected in the western half of the province; and won the riding based on who he is and not what party he ran for.
These are the 11 MLAs in the Newfoundland Liberals.
It is rare for a party to gain so many MLAs from all sorts of parties like this. Frankly, the last time it happened, in memory (I could be wrong) was in 1971 when the Alberta PC Party won a majority. They had won 6 seats in the prior election but went into the election with 10 MLAs, due to by-elections and floor crossers.
In short; this all but guarantees a Liberal majority. 4 people don't jump parties to a party that can't re-elect them, or, that would elect them to an opposition.
This is a map of what that looks like: