It looks like the choice for the next premier of Newfoundland and Labrador will come down to a pair of Corner Brook businessmen.
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Late Thursday evening, Frank Coleman sent a brief statement to the media saying that he’s running for the leadership of the PC Party.
Then, in quick succession, Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Kent said he won’t be running, and reports surfaced that former cabinet minister Shawn Skinner is also out.
"I can confirm that tomorrow I will be filing my nomination papers to seek the Leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Coleman said in the brief statement e-mailed to media. “I will have more to say next week when I officially launch my campaign. I am very excited about this new challenge in my life and I look forward to earning the confidence of the people of this great province. Thank you.”
At this point, the only other confirmed candidate running for the leadership is Bill Barry, another Corner Brook businessman who owns the Barry Group fish processing company.
The deadline for submitting nomination papers for the leadership is noon today.
The PC Party will hold a delegated convention on the first weekend in July to select the new leader, who will replace Tom Marshall as premier of the province.