Lorraine Michael named interim NDP leader
The provincial NDP executive has named Lorraine Michael, MHA for St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi, interim leader of the NDP.
Michael accepted the role, a news release from the party stated.
Michael has been an active member of the NDP since the 1970s. She was elected leader of the provincial NDP in May 2006 and elected MHA for Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi in November 2006, re-elected in 2007 and 2011, and most recently elected as the MHA for the new district of St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi in November 2015. Michael served as leader of the provincial NDP from 2006-15.
Earle McCurdy was elected leader of the NDP in March 2015. McCurdy had announced he is stepping down as leader as of the end of September. Michael will serve as interim leader until a new leader is in place.
“We’re fortunate to have someone with her parliamentary and leadership experience to lead the party as we go through the democratic process of electing a new leader,” NDP president Mark Gruchy stated in the release.
The provincial NDP executive said it has established a leadership convention planning committee to work on communications, procedures and other matters related to preparation for the convention.