NDP Lead­er­ship con­test sets date

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The provin­cial New Demo­cratic Party has an­nounced when they’ll se­lect their new leader. The NDP’s lead­er­ship con­ven­tion will take place from April 6-8 in St. John’s. The party has fired lawyer Lynn Moore as Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer, to over­see the lead­er­ship con­test.

So far, only St. John’s Cen­tre MHA Gerry Rogers has put her name for­ward to lead the party. Former leader Earle Mc­Curdy stepped down as party leader back in Septem­ber, to move to East­port and spend more time with his fam­ily. Mc­Curdy had beaten out Chris Bruce and Mike Goos­ney in their bids to be­come NDP leader in 2015.

On Thurs­day, Bruce con­firmed he had no in­ten­tion of re-en­ter­ing the lead­er­ship race. Lead­er­ship can­di­dates have un­til Fe­bru­ary 28 to sign their pa­pers and pay a $2,000 fee to be con­sid­ered by party mem­bers as their new leader. Only those who are NDP mem­bers be­fore March 7 will be able to cast their vote in the lead­er­ship con­test. Mean­while, the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship race still has two mem­bers, lawyer Ches Cros­bie and former health author­ity CEO Tony Wake­ham. The PC’s lead­er­ship race will take place on April 28, with the dead­line for lead­er­ship ap­pli­ca­tions due on Jan­uary 28.

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