Update: Seven in the running for Liberal leadership

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Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador announced today that, at the close of nominations for leader of the party, seven people submitted expressions of interest.

They include: Kevin Aylward, Brad Cabana, Bernard Coffey, Danny Dumaresque, Ryan Lane, Rodney Martin, and Charles Murphy.

Party president Judy Morrow said that commencing 2 p.m. today, the party will engage in a 48-hour consultation process that will reach out to Liberals across the province.

The executive board of the party will convene on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Delta in St. John’s at which time candidates will have the opportunity to address the board.

Members of the board will consider feedback received through the consultation process and the presentations, then vote to determine the successful candidate.

“This is a step in the right direction to further grow and strengthen our party,” Morrow said in a news release. “I am thrilled by the high level of candidates that have come forward at this time. The selection of a new Leader will ensure Liberals are strong, united and ready to challenge the government in the upcoming provincial election.”

Nominations for leader opened on Wednesday following the resignation of Yvonne Jones as leader due to health issues.



(Earlier today)

Former Liberal cabinet minister Kevin Aylward stepped into the Liberal leadership race at the 11th hour today.

Speaking to The Telegram, Aylward said he's been looking to get back into politics for a little while, and now the time seems right.

Former Liberal cabinet minister Chuck Furey, who had been expected to announce his candidacy this morning, has decided not to run.

Nominations closed at noon today; the Liberal Party is expected to publish a formal list of the candidates shortly.

On Sunday, each of the candidates will make a presentation to the party's executive board, which will then vote on the new leader.

Updates to come.

Organizations: Liberal Party

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  • person
    August 13, 2011 - 12:32

    dont make ur decisions yet see were it goes then decide but dont morph peoples opinions along the way.make it fair

  • Eli
    August 13, 2011 - 10:47

    Back up a bit. Everybody with a Liberal leaning was touting Rick Hillier. This guy and his army was publicly funded so he wasn't accountable for anything. How do you figure he's even remotely qualified to get involved in politics? He had sense enough to know better and stay out in the glorified world he's gotten used to. Pension & all.

  • Westie
    August 12, 2011 - 22:59

    Tits on A Bull - Priceless!!! Kevin Aylward - Useless! "Yeah, yeah no problem. Yeah, oh yes, oh yes, no prooblem, yes, yes, consider it done, oh yes, yes, yes......."

  • Why did Danny leave so quickly
    August 12, 2011 - 22:08

    Tom tell us how the PC party chose their new leader Cathy Dunderdale? She was hand picked by dictator Danny and the clones went along with the wishes of their master.

  • Undecided
    August 12, 2011 - 21:50

    The only one worth a vote would be Coffey!

  • Michael Laurie
    August 12, 2011 - 21:11

    Bern Coffey has the small man, Napoleonic-mascho complex. He does not have the personality to be a successful politician. If he is chosen by the Board, despite my years of being a Liberal, I will vote Tory for the second time at the next general election in October, 2011. We need to move on the Muskrat Falls file which Liberals oppose. Danny Dumaresque at the time of Meech Lake debates, then sided with Quebec. I think he has remained into their court; after all his surname is French, and hence his male antecedents were from France.

  • bill
    August 12, 2011 - 17:39

    Just like the story of Snow White and the 7 dwarfs. This is too silly to even talk about. And people complained abt the PC process. Take a look in the mirror...the Liberals are making the rules up as they go along. Sad time in our history. Somebody get a Orange Crush for Cabana...he will soon be looking for it. He is an insult to politics in this province.

  • Foghorn Leghorn
    August 12, 2011 - 16:55

    As far as the - fix - being in for Coffey as some are saying, I don't see much of another - fix - with the other names that are running against him. Wait I think I can hear a sound in the distance, yes it is the champagne corks in the PC party headquarters, that is the only place I think that the - fix - is in for sure!

  • tom
    August 12, 2011 - 15:22

    The process is wrong , wrong, wrong. Close associates to the party already tell me Coffey will be in , and that the party just has to go through the steps. If this is democracy within the liberal party than I feel I have 2 choices. Not vote or switch parties.

  • Nick
    August 12, 2011 - 13:59

    This is a farce. As a grassroots Liberal, there is no opportunity for me to have a legitimate say in this process. i just spoke to my Riding President who told me the "fix" is in for Mr. Coffey!! This is not open and democratic!!!

    • Tom Claw
      August 12, 2011 - 17:32

      Ah only in NEWFOUNDLAND, Now here cometh the mighty Mr. Coffey , The pride of Conche? surely we cannot be serious, Crown Prosecutor now liberated and turned great soldier of the common folk, now finding those liberal roots and he is a classic opportunist. Poor Bern he is as stale as hard tack and no less appealing to the naked eye. Yet, he is a lawyer and that my friends along with the occupation known as radio announcer are it seems the only bonified careers that make for a proper rerequisite as a NL Politician. Another sad Newfie Joke? Would you not agree.

  • docron
    August 12, 2011 - 13:45

    Mallrat must be too young to remember the legal lnowledge the Liberals had with Churchhill Falls, if you let the Liberals at the Muskrat Falls project, they will give that to Quebec also. It will be nothing now but bashing the Consertatives from CBC and their lapdogs in the media(print).

  • Allan
    August 12, 2011 - 13:32

    The Liberals are experiencing a unique circumstance and have created a process to try and address it. But has anyone from the Telegram asked the Board if a leadership candidate is allowed to vote as a Board member on his own leadership bid? Surely to god there must some some rule or mechanism to stop such an occurrence?? Danny Dumeresque is in such a position. He should be excluded from the vote in the process. It is a good question to ask the Board.

  • Barry
    August 12, 2011 - 13:32

    Six dingbats and Bern, shouldn't be very hard for the board to decide this one !!!!

  • Eli
    August 12, 2011 - 13:14

    Aylward? He's already into us for a million $ in pensions. Smart guy, but you know once you get on the public teat it's tough for some to ever let go. That atmosphere of entitlement just won't go away.

    • Westie
      August 12, 2011 - 22:47

      Smart Guy??? Strong Liberal Association in Stephenville in the 80"s and 90"s (including Laura Aylward, his mother) and while he won term after term with the home town support he never managed to shine as a minister. Elected beyond his potential maybe.

  • Joseph McGrath
    August 12, 2011 - 13:12

    Bernard Coffey seems to be a legimate candidate for the position.I have no politics any more except to say do everything you can for NL to ensure we get equal and fair treatment and that we are the benefactors of our own resourses and hard work.Danny Williams strikes me as someone who was like that as he put the Province first every single time and I think he intends to continue to do so as long as he breathes. If Mr.Coffey follows that course the election is his to win.Ms Dunderdale has been my MHA for years in Virginia Waters and she is #1 on the missing list and the do nothing list for this area.Maybe she forgot what district she represents???Just because she is Premier don't mean we have no needs in this area.The woman is "THE GREAT AWK "around here and If she ever showed up the voters would drop dead. Good luck to all who put their name forward ,bar none.

  • Gerry
    August 12, 2011 - 12:28

    Kevin Aylward? Useless as ---- on a bull.

    • david prior
      August 12, 2011 - 13:07

      Gerry. You must be in the same category if you cannot be more constructive than that at a very difficult time for the party.

  • MallRat
    August 12, 2011 - 12:28

    Don't wurry Turry.... A washed up has been won't get the nod. Like him or lump him they have no choice but to give serious consideration to Coffey... They need the smarts against them PC's and Blunderdale. If the platform is scrap Muskrat they need the in depth Legal knowledge brought by Coffey..... What a weekend at bernies?! It will be!

  • Watcher
    August 12, 2011 - 12:26

    Too bad Rick Hillier decided not to run... would have been nice to have had another man out for the best interests of the province and not his political career. Judging from the candidates, it looks like it'll be another blue wave come election time.

  • Turry from town
    August 12, 2011 - 11:16

    Should not be allowed.Any politition who retires should not be able to double dip,especially washed up has beens.

    • tam
      August 13, 2011 - 12:36

      relax guys think.....what if u were in there place a u read one of ur comments about u...... it will make them quit or try harder...... put u in there place