Saskatchewan Liberals set date to elect new leader
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.