Fisheries Minister Keith Hutchings announced this afternoon by email he won’t be chasing the PC Party leadership.
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Hutchings was one of five cabinet ministers who was considering a run, since Kathy Dunderdale stepped down as premier in January.
“Over the past weeks, I have given careful consideration to the prospect of offering myself for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Hutchings wrote. “I wish to advise I will not be seeking the leadership in the upcoming convention. I look forward to the leadership renewal process and intend on offering myself as candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party in Ferryland District at the next general election.”
Fellow minister Paul Davis has also said he won’t be running for the leadership, along with Ottawa lobbyist Tim Powers, and St. John’s businessman Charlie Oliver.
Fish processing business owner Bill Barry is the only candidate to formally declare that he’s running for the leadership.