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Newfoundland and Labrador’s PC leadership race is almost set

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Newfoundland and Labrador's Progressive Conservative party is scheduled to name its new leader on April 28. - studiom1/123RF

Deadline passes for final entrants

The deadline has passed for applications for candidates in the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador leadership race.

As of 5 p.m. NT on Monday, the call for candidates closed.

At this point, Ches Crosbie has been accredited as a candidate. As reported, Tony Wakeham has also thrown his hat into the ring, filing all necessary paperwork.

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Wakeham’s submission, coming later than Crosbie’s, is still under review, in an internal process simply meant to assure nomination papers are complete, truthful and accurate.

To be accredited, candidates were required to sign up 100 supporters representing 51 per cent of the province’s electoral districts, and all supporters had to be registered supporters of the PC party. And there is a $10,000, non-refundable registration fee, payable to the party.

Once accredited, any candidate may still withdraw their name from the ballot between now and Jan. 28, although candidates in this case appear to be in it for the long haul.

Crosbie has been regularly issuing statements about supporters.

On Monday, Wakeham’s campaign added endorsements to his own list, including from former information and privacy commissioner Ed Ring, businessman Paul Thomey and musician Chris Andrews.

The party is scheduled to name its new leader on April 28.

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