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Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:47 am Post subject:
MHAs throw support behind Ches Crosbie
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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.
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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.
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.
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