Interesting days ahead, says Babb
No date has been set for a leadership convention to choose a successor to Danny Williams, who will vacate the premier’s chair this week.
Whomever succeeds the outgoing PC leader will also serve as premier at least until Oct. 11, 2011, when the province’s electorate go to the polls to elect a new administration.
The man who will help decide that fateful date told The Compass the convention will likely be held in the early spring of 2011.
Carbonear lawyer John Babb was re-elected during the PC party’s annual general meeting Oct. 12 for another two-year term as party president, a post he has held since 2003.
Babb stated the race is “going to be very interesting.”
Whomever the new leader is, Babb said, “it’s business as usual for the party and there is still a lot of work to be done. The party is strong and well-positioned in every way for the next election, ” he added.
Admitting there was an “element of surprise” even for the party president in the time Williams chose to bow out, Babb said, “ but knowing the man like I do, this was class all the way – it was a classy move.”
Although he has been a long-time party supporter, Babb first jumped into the political arena in 2003, when he carried his party’s colours unsuccessfully in the Carbonear district in Williams’ first election.
He recalls Williams made it easy for him to enter politics at the time: “I believed in what he was about and I believed in the same things he believed in.”
While the history books will determine his legacy, Babb said he believes Williams will go down in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador “as one of the best, if not the best leaders we ever had. They don’t come along like him that often.”
Above all else, Babb feels the outgoing premier’s legacy is “ the new optimism that has gripped this province. We’re Newfoundlanders and Labradorians now, and we’re not taking a backseat to anyone else anymore.”