NDP Leadership contest sets date
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.