PC Party confirms July 4-5 convention

James McLeod
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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.

Organizations: PC Party

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  • Corporate Psycho
    April 24, 2014 - 20:55

    Gonna be a snooze fest.

  • Gerry.
    April 24, 2014 - 17:46

    There was a time in NL when politics was, at least, interesting and to some extent created on occasion a meagre but still measurable level of excitement. The current situation is, however, neither interesting nor exciting. We have a PC Party Convention coming up in which there is no competition for party leader, just a pre-established crowning of an unknown entity in the political world and evidently no expressions of interest in leadership aspirations from any list of credible, politically astute, smart, charismatic, well-rounded, well-spoken men or women who have the best interests of the party and the province in mind. A really sad state of affairs. Then we have the Liberal Party and their "coat of many colours" candidates, the "jump the ship", "cross the floor" amalgam, under the leadership also of pretty much an unknown entity who hasn't established himself as much of a charismatic magnet or one with an overwhelmingly convincing package of economic ideas or paradigms. Another sad sate of affairs. And finally we have the NDP. What can I say other than 'another sad state of affairs' personified by weariness, lethargy and fatigue. Not a very appetizing menu from which to make a future selection. How sad !!!

  • Crazy
    April 24, 2014 - 16:10

    This is absolutely ridiculous, rights of the people has once more been invaded, freedom of choice is remove. Here a guy who can't not even speak for himself. Because the PC's are afraid he might put his foot in his mouth once more. Frank is so sharp, he make watching paint dry interesting . You have Donna the flower child looking for nomination for the Liberal, Then you got Gerry Byrne looking for a second pension. Then you got honest Frank, who was scare to ask the PC's to open up, to see if their anyone else who would like to run. Humber East so far you having got much to choice from. just more burden..LOL

  • Torey Nomore
    April 24, 2014 - 10:12

    I can't stomach another love-in by the Secret Society known as the Con Party of NL. Politics is such a dirty game; it attracts such filth and scum. Backroom deals by paid-off shills; reason number 1,894,355 why I cannot vote Tory no-more.

  • Brenda
    April 24, 2014 - 09:55

    "The weekend will be a time to lay out a winning strategy for the year ahead. " And what would that strategy be, Ms. Kelly-Blackmore? Convince the electorate that everything that's happened since Danny Williams left was just a bad dream? The PC Party threw away their last chance to convince the electorate that they were open to renewal and change when they chose to alienate Bill Barry. The saddest part is that you and your buddies were too stunned to recognize that that was the message the voters in Virginia Waters were sending when they DIDN'T vote.

  • The who can be quiet the longest leader race
    April 24, 2014 - 09:13

    The next best (only?) media-covered & sincere consideration of the role was by Clarence Cantwell. Barry and Bennett should have had the guts to start their own party, to save NL from the Illuminati. The league of uncompromisingly paranoid-delusional gentlemen. I would carry that card. It would make me invincible to my great many powerful and secret enemies on earth, and beyond.

  • Laughable
    April 24, 2014 - 09:03

    Democracy at its best.