With only one candidate left seeking to lead the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, the party released details Wednesday evening on its revised plans for the two-day leadership convention in July.
Leadership candidate Frank Coleman speaks with Tories at the party’s delegate selection meeting in Heart’s Content in April 2014..
Instead of functioning simply as a leadership convention, the July 4-5 event will also function as the PC’s annual general meeting for 2014.
In a news release, the party confirmed district associations will still hold their own annual general meetings to elect convention delegates and local executive members in the lead-up to July.
Last week, former PC leadership candidate Bill Barry announced his decision to withdraw his candidacy over concerns about the party’s handling of the process to select a new leader. That leaves Corner Brook businessman Frank Coleman as the last candidate remaining.
Leadership convention committee co-chairs Tom Williams and Sheila Kelly-Blackmore met over the weekend with party president Cillian Sheahan and others to discuss how to proceed.
The party said in the release the convention will give delegates a chance to meet Coleman and confirm him as the next PC leader.
“There is tremendous excitement throughout our party as we prepare to introduce our new leader and gear up for the next election,” said Williams in the news release. “This is a time of transformation and renewal for our Party and our province, and people are eager to get down to work as we gear up for a province-wide election.”
Former premier Kathy Dunderdale announced her resignation earlier this year and named Tom Marshall interim premier. Marshall is not seeking the PC leadership.