Despite previously stating that she was not considering running for the position, a spokesperson for Susan Sullivan confirmed she’s now giving serious consideration to running for the leader of the provincial Progressive Conservative Party.
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MHA Susan Sullivan
The Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans MHA would not do an interview but a spokesperson confirmed it in an email Friday.
Sullivan is minister of the provincial department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development.
Since former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Kathy Dunderdale stepped down from her position in January, handing the torch to interim Premier Tom Marshall, the question of who will take over the role of P.C. leader – and, as a result, premier – has been one on the forefront of many Newfoundlander and Labradorians’ minds.
Corner Brook businessman Frank Coleman was acclaimed leader of the Progressive Conservative Party in April and was slated to be sworn in as premier, but announced on June 16 he would be quitting politics.
On June 20, the P.C. Party announced a change in dates for leadership candidate nomination deadlines; they opened June 23 and will close July 7.
The leadership convention will take place Sept. 12-13.
The person that assumes the P.C. leadership position will be premier until the provincial election in October 2015.