Marshall says Coleman can have the job any time after July 5
Frank Coleman can take over as premier of the province whenever he wants after July 5, but if the incoming premier has a plan for how to manage the transition of power, he’s not saying.
Frank Coleman. — File photo
PC Party delegates will rubber-stamp Coleman’s leadership, and the party will also hold election readiness sessions and elections for officers on the party executive.
But after he’s formally endorsed by the party membership, it’s not clear when exactly Coleman will move into the premier’s office.
Carmel Turpin, spokeswoman for Coleman, said that he doesn’t know when he’ll take over until he talks to current premier Tom Marhsall about it.
Marshall, in an emailed statement to The Tel-egram, said after July 5, Coleman will be premier just as soon as he wants to be.
“I am ready to step aside whenever Mr. Coleman asks me to. That will be sometime after July 5. However, the exact time frame has not been decided,” Marshall said.
A VOCM news report suggested that Coleman doesn’t want to be premier all that soon. In fact, the report suggests that he might take the summer to tour around the province and talk to people before he actually gets sworn in and takes the reins of power.
Because Coleman would not agree to an interview, The Telegram cannot confirm this, but Turpin said that if that’s the plan, it’s news to her.
“I don’t know where they got it. They certainly haven’t talked to me,” she said.
Coleman was also not willing to speak to The Telegram regarding accusations that the leadership process was rigged against Bill Barry, and that’s why he dropped out.
Barry told The Telegram that Coleman avoided debating him and used his support within caucus to dominate delegate selection meetings.
But leadership convention co-chairman Tommy Williams said he saw Barry’s allegations in the newspaper, but really, it wasn’t a violation of the rules.
Barry complained about an orchestrated effort for cabinet ministers to endorse Coleman, and slates of candidates being run at district meetings.
Williams pointed out that in most leadership races, slates of delegates is standard, even though Barry said he wouldn’t be doing it.
“Mr. Barry said early in his campaign he did not want to participate in slates in terms of district meetings,” he said. “If it didn’t work for his campaign, it doesn’t mean we have to eliminate it for every other candidate.”
The same goes for the caucus endorsements, Williams said.
“There’s no rigging or no stacking. People supported who they felt they wanted to. And if Mr. Barry chose to proceed with his campaign in such a fashion, he’s free to do so. But just because that may not have worked out for him doesn’t mean we need to change the rules,” he said.
“If Mr. Barry decided to withdraw, that’s totally within his purview to do. But now that he’s withdrawn, he can’t ask us now to change the rules so he can come back in.”