PC Party announces new leadership dates

Published on June 20, 2014

The PC party has picked September dates for a leadership convention in the wake of Frank Coleman’s departure as a would-be premier.

Provincial PC party of Newfoundland and Labrador, leadership Convention committee co-chairs Sheila Kelly-Blackmore and Tommy Williams today announced the new  process.

“There is renewed interest in our party’s leadership process, and we look forward to a vigorous campaign as contenders vie to lead our party and our province,” Kelly-Blackmore said.

• Nominations will open for the position of PC party leader at 12 p.m. island time/11:30 a.m. Labrador on Monday, at which time a registration package will be available for each candidate.

• Nominations will close for the position of PC party leader at 12 p.m. island time/ 11:30 Labrador on July 7.

• Delegate selection meetings will be held between July 14 and August 14.

• The PC leadership convention and annual general meeting will be held on Sept. 12-13 at the Delta Convention Centre in St. John’s.  

The PC leader will be elected by secret ballot on Sept. 13.  

The earlier convention and AGM date of July 4-5 was cancelled.

“We encourage Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who support the principles and aims of our party to make a difference by either running for leader or participating in the delegate selection processes,” Williams said.  “People are eager to see the growth we have achieved as a province since 2003 continue.”

PC party president Cillian Sheahan thanked Coleman for his participation in the process wished him and his family luck — Coleman cited family reasons for quitting.

Rules remain the same as those that governed the earlier leadership process.