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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MHAs throw support behind Ches Crosbie



The Telegram

Published: 10 minutes ago



['Ches Crosbie.']
Ches Crosbie's support for his leadership bid of the PC party of Newfoundland and Labrador continues to grow. MHAs Barry Petten and Jim Lester said Wednesday they are backing his run.



Barry Petten, Jim Lester add names to growing list of backers


PC leadership candidate Ches Crosbie’s support for his candidacy is growing.

C.B.S. MHA Barry Petten and Mount Pearl North MHA Jim Lester are both endorsing Crosbie’s Leadership bid a news release from the Crosbie campaign said Wednesday.



In addition to Petten and Lester, Crosbie has garnered support from former premiers Tom Marshall and Tom Rideout, former federal cabinet minister Loyola Hearn, former provincial speaker Roger Fitzgerald, former provincial cabinet ministers Dan Crummell and Joseph Goudie, SOPAC chairperson Linda Bishop, disabilities advocate Paul Walsh and Memorial University’s PC and Conservative student associations.

The leader will be chosen at the Progressive Conservative convention slated for April 27-29.


http://www.thetelegram.com/new.....ie-175990/
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Newfoundland and Labrador’s PC leadership race is almost set




Ashley Fitzpatrick (ashley.fitzpatrick@thetelegram.com)

Published: 14 hours ago
Updated: 3 hours ago



Politics can be daunting to the people who should be running.
Newfoundland and Labrador's Progressive Conservative party is scheduled to name its new leader on April 28. - studiom1/123RF



Deadline passes for final entrants


The deadline has passed for applications for candidates in the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador leadership race.

As of 5 p.m. NT on Monday, the call for candidates closed.


At this point, Ches Crosbie has been accredited as a candidate. As reported, Tony Wakeham has also thrown his hat into the ring, filing all necessary paperwork.

RELATED STORY:
Wakeham has less time than expected for run at N.L. PC leadership

Wakeham’s submission, coming later than Crosbie’s, is still under review, in an internal process simply meant to assure nomination papers are complete, truthful and accurate.

To be accredited, candidates were required to sign up 100 supporters representing 51 per cent of the province’s electoral districts, and all supporters had to be registered supporters of the PC party. And there is a $10,000, non-refundable registration fee, payable to the party.

Once accredited, any candidate may still withdraw their name from the ballot between now and Jan. 28, although candidates in this case appear to be in it for the long haul.

Crosbie has been regularly issuing statements about supporters.

On Monday, Wakeham’s campaign added endorsements to his own list, including from former information and privacy commissioner Ed Ring, businessman Paul Thomey and musician Chris Andrews.

The party is scheduled to name its new leader on April 28.


https://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/newfoundland-and-labradors-pc-leadership-race-is-almost-set-177507/
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( forgot the pc leadership race in Newfoundland is being decided this weekend )



Last Day to Vote for New PC Leader

April 25, 2018 | 6:02 amLast Updated:April 25, 2018 | 8:13 am


Today is the deadline for ballots to vote for a new Newfoundland and Labrador Progressive Conservative Party leader.

Tony Wakeham and Ches Crosbie have been campaigning across the province for the past several months for just that role.

Shawn Skinner, a former cabinet minister in the Danny Williams government, is co-chair of the Leadership Selection Committee. He says there were around 11,000 ballots delivered to members of the party to cast their vote.

He says he could not confirm how many ballots have been returned, but says there were a few people who did not receive them initially. Some, he says, input the wrong address when signing up.

Some people, however, did take to social media to say they never received a ballot. But Skinner says the onus is on voter to have contacted the party office when it didn’t arrive on time. He says anyone who didn’t get it, there was a process to contact the campaign or leadership team, and they would get them a ballot, which they did.

Skinner says results should be available publicly Saturday evening.



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be quite surprised if Ches Crosbie didn't have a pretty decisive win today.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The votes are in but the convention goes on: PCs reveal new leader Saturday evening


CBC News · Posted: Apr 28, 2018 7:00 AM NT | Last Updated: 10 hours ago


The new leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador Progressive Conservative Party — either Ches Crosbie, left, or Tony Wakeham — will be revealed Saturday evening. (CBC)


Newfoundland and Labrador's Progressive Conservatives have an hour set aside today at a leadership convention for candidates' speeches, but if Ches Crosbie or Tony Wakeham change anyone's mind, it'll be too late — all the votes have been cast.

The PCs are expected to announce who won at 6 p.m. at the Delta Hotel at the end of an agenda that includes a brunch for outgoing leader Paul Davis, the party's annual general meeting, speeches and a half-hour of entertainment.


Crosbie wants rules to prevent overspending and to ensure honesty in government. (Gary Locke/CBC)

Crosbie was the first to put his name forward, in October, at an event that featured the surprising admission that he has a conviction for refusing a breathalyzer.

And while Crosbie is new to politics, his last name is far from it; his father is John Crosbie, former lieutenant-governor as well as a provincial and federal cabinet minister who famously said he "didn't take the fish from the goddamn water" when, as Fisheries minister in Brian Mulroney's cabinet, he announced the cod moratorium in 1992.

Crosbie, a lawyer, said he plans to introduce legislation to prevent overspending, as well as an "honesty in politics" law, with his three priorities being rebuilding the economy, restoring confidence in government, and revitalizing the PC party.


Wakeham is a political rookie who pledges to bring his experience in business, health and sports to the job. (Bruce Tilley/CBC)

Wakeham — like Crosbie, new to politics — announced his candidacy in early December, promising to bring his experience in business, health and sports to the leadership.

Wakeham is the former CEO of the Labrador-Grenfell regional health authority with senior health management roles in St. John's, Clarenville and Grand Falls-Windsor, as well as business experience, and is the former president of both the Newfoundland and Labrador Basketball Association and Basketball Canada.

Crosbie and Wakeham squared off against each other in March in a debate that, at times, seemed to be more against Liberal Premier Dwight Ball than each other.

Whoever wins the leadership Saturday will be tasked with rejuvenating a party that was reduced to seven seats in the 2015 election, after 12 years in government and — if the PCs return to power in next year's election — tackling mounting debt. With much of that debt added to the books during those 12 years — partly due to the ballooning cost of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project — two political outsiders are the party's best chance to rebuild, says a Memorial University political scientist.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.4639739
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ches Crosbie wins Newfoundland and Labrador PC leadership

By Canadian Press. Published on Apr 28, 2018 6:01pm



ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Ches Crosbie has been elected as the new leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador Progressive Conservative Party and will lead the party into the 2019 provincial general election.

A lawyer based out of St. John’s, he’s the son of John Crosbie — one of Newfoundland’s best-known politicians and the province’s former lieutenant governor.

Crosbie delivered his victory speech Saturday evening at the party’s convention at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s.

He ran against former Labrador-Grenfell Health CEO Tony Wakeham and took the leadership with 57 per cent of the vote.

Graydon Pelley will remain as the party’s president while Charlotte Halleran will take the role of vice-president.

Outgoing party leader Paul Davis says he will remain in the house of assembly, at least until the end of the current session.

https://ipolitics.ca/2018/04/28/ches-crosbie-wins-newfoundland-and-labrador-pc-leadership/
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ches Crosbie is the new leader of Newfoundland and Labrador's PC party




David Maher (david.maher@thetelegram.com)

Published: 17 hours ago
Updated: 2 hours ago


Ches Crosbie is the new leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Crosbie said it’s possible for the PCs to form government in 2019. Now, he’ll have to get down to business. There has never been a one-term government in the province’s history.

Crosbie accepted the victory at the Delta Hotel Ballroom this evening, to a room full of around 400 PC supporters.

The party signed up over 11,000 members. Of those just over 4,000 members cast their ballots in the election.

Crosbie will be on the outside looking in to the House of Assembly as they await a by-election for their chance to win a seat.

Outgoing leader Paul Davis, who was honoured throughout the convention for his leadership, says he will remain the MHA for Topsail-Paradise until the end of the current sitting of the House of Assembly. He says a decision will be made in consultation with the party in the coming weeks.

More to come.


https://www.northernpen.ca/news/ches-crosbie-is-the-new-leader-of-newfoundland-and-labradors-pc-party-205914/
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'I'm a good listener': Ches Crosbie promises new era for PC Party



Crosbie wants to run for constituency in St. John's area given his 35 years working in region


Geoff Bartlett · CBC News · Posted: Apr 30, 2018 9:15 AM NT | Last Updated: an hour ago


St. John's lawyer Ches Crosbie was elected as the 20th leader of the Newfoundland and Labrador Progressive Conservative Party on Saturday. (CBC)


Ches Crosbie, who was elected as the new leader of Newfoundland and Labrador's Progressive Conservatives over the weekend, says he will be open to what people have to say about improving the provinces' economy and troubled political culture.


People tell me I'm a good listener. You might not think that's a great skill in anybody, but it's actually quite rare.

- Ches Crosbie

Crosbie beat beat Tony Wakeham to succeed outgoing PC leader Paul Davis on Saturday, garnering 2,299 points over Wakeham's 1,701 in a system that awarded 100 points for each of 40 districts based on the voting percentage.

Now Crosbie will now get to work rebuilding the opposition party, which currently holds seven seats in the House of Assembly, trying to make the PCs look like a viable alternative to the sitting Liberals, who have governed over a period of economic and political turmoil for the province.

Welcoming ideas

Crosbie said his style will be to engage in public discussion and take in all opinions about the problems the province is dealing with, such as public spending and Muskrat Falls.

"My approach to this is not to dictate what should happen. People tell me I'm a good listener. You might not think that's a great skill in anybody, but it's actually quite rare," he told the St. John's Morning Show.

"Eventually there may be some pain, yeah, but whatever has to be done if I'm in a position to do it I will have done so after listening thoroughly to what the population thinks."

The opposition PCs currently hold seven seats in the House of Assembly, and Crosbie says he wants to run for a seat on the northeast Avalon. (CBC)

For his own constituency, Crosbie said ideally he would like to eventually run for a district in the St. John's area, where he made a name for himself as a lawyer. Though he says it's too early to talk about specifics yet.

However, the new leader said there seems to be a renewed sense of optimism within the PC Party.


Crosbie said the party is actually in a good position to rebound given its relatively low debt and the state of the Liberals following last week's news about harassment allegations against MHA Eddie Joyce.

"You just keep doing the work of rebuilding the party, it will take care of itself," Crosbie said. "You keep an eye cocked on what the others are doing of course. But one thing they're doing is tearing themselves apart right now."

Eddie Joyce turmoil

Crosbie said even though his family name is synonymous with conservative politics in the province through his father's time as a provincial and federal minister, he still considered himself an outsider given his 35 years suing the province and corporations as a lawyer.

He's now at a point in his professional and family life where he feels he has the time to dedicate to politics, and with the recent harassment allegations against Liberal MHA Eddie Joyce he also feels the timing is right for the PC Party to present itself as a viable alternative to the sitting government.


Crosbie says there's a new sense of optimism in the PC Party. (Paula Gale/CBC)

"It's become fairly obvious to people on the outside that the legislature has become a toxic workplace. I say that's part of our democratic deficit. It's a place where our laws are made, it needs to operate at top efficiency and effectiveness," Crosbie said.

"We desperately need to address many things about democracy here and we should start with this seeings it's top of mind right now."

Voter apathy

There were around 11,000 PC Party members registered during this weekend's leadership vote, but with a roughly 43 per cent turnout, Crosbie said it's clear the process is flawed. While he hopes a leadership race wouldn't be necessary again for years to come he said the party needs to look at making voting available online and more accessible to older people who perhaps can't understand the complex mail-in instructions.

"When they looked at the instructions I know that some of them decided this was too much of a challenge and didn't fill out the ballot," he said.

"I think everyone in the party agrees there are ways to improve the process next time. We need to make it easy for people to find a channel of their preference."


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.4641196
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