Saskatchewan Lib­er­als set date to elect new leader

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The Saskatchewan Lib­eral Party has of­fi­cially set a date for elect­ing a new party leader.

In a me­dia re­lease sent out Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the party said that mem­bers will meet on May 5 of next year to vote for a new per­ma­nent leader. Mem­bers will meet in both Regina and Saska­toon to vote.

The vote will be a di­rect one by party mem­bers, and will use a sys­tem where mem­bers can rank their pre­ferred can­di­dates. The Lib­er­als have been with­out a per­ma­nent leader since Sept. of this year when leader Dar­rin Lamoureux, who had led the party since 2014 stepped down. Since Lamoureux’s res­ig­na­tion, the party has been led on an in­terim ba­sis by Tara Ji­jian.

The Lib­er­als have not won a seat in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture since 1999. The party has not formed gov­ern­ment in Saskatchewan since 1967, when they were led by Ross Thatcher. De­spite this re­cent his­tory, Lamoureux, who is also serv­ing as the chair of the party’s lead­er­ship com­mit­tee, said in the news re­lease that he is op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture.

“Our party is on a strong path to re­newal, and we look for­ward to pro­vid­ing all Lib­eral sup­port­ers in Saskatchewan an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to take part in this process and to have a mean­ing­ful de­bate to de­fine the party ahead of the next elec­tion,” he said.

The Lib­er­als did not pro­vide a list of de­clared can­di­dates.

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