The PC Party will go ahead with its plans for a convention in early July to confirm the leadership of premier-designate Frank Coleman.
Frank Coleman is the only PC leadership candidate since Bill Barry dropped out of the race. — Telegram file photo
In a news release, the party announced that it’s expanding the July convention in St. John’s to include election readiness and regular annual general meeting functions.
This comes a week after the PC Party leadership race was thrown into turmoil after candidate Bill Barry dropped out, saying that the deck was stacked against him.
That leaves Coleman as the only remaining leadership candidate, and the winner by default.
In the news release, convention co-chair Sheila Kelly-Blackmore said, “The weekend will be a time to lay out a winning strategy for the year ahead. We will be kicking off a busy summer of opportunities for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to meet Mr. Frank Coleman, premier designate, and to hear his vision to build on our strengths so Newfoundlanders and Labradorians share fully and fairly in the benefits of our growing prosperity in the years ahead.”
Party district associations will continue to elect delegates to the convention, even though they won’t actually have to pick a new leader once they get to St. John’s.
It’s not clear when, exactly, Coleman will take over as premier.