The PC Party formally acknowledged that Bill Barry has stepped out of the race, leaving Frank Coleman unopposed as the anointed leader of the party.
In a news release this afternoon, the PC Party announced that meetings will be happening over the weekend to figure out what to do about the sudden turn of events.
But it looks like Coleman will still have to wait for July 5 before he becomes the 12th premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.
“With this decision, Mr. Frank Coleman is the sole candidate for PC Party Leader,” the PC Party said in its news release. “Pursuant to the Party’s Constitution, Mr. Coleman’s leadership must be confirmed by delegates at the Leadership Convention on July 5, 2014.”
In the early hours of Thursday morning, Barry announced that he’s pulling out of the race because he felt the deck was stacked against him, and party members were unwilling to listen to his ideas.
“Obviously, it’s a personal decision of Mr. Barry’s to withdraw from the race, and I respect that, but I believe he was running an excellent campaign and we were looking forward to a good race over the next couple of months,” convention co-chair Tommy Williams said.
“Many people have been coming out to our delegate selection meetings, speaking up and taking an active role in shaping the direction that our party and our province will take in the months and years ahead.”