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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:17 pm    Post subject: PC Party of NL Leadership 2017? Reply with quote

Paul Davis announced the other day that he was stepping down as PC Party leader once his successor is chosen. He was elected leader two years ago and led the party into defeat almost one year ago.

Davis had announced some weeks back that he was planning to lead the party into the next election. This led to a lot of discussion within the party and a resolution was put forth to have a leadership review at next week's AGM. Davis said that he felt he'd survive the review but felt there was still a rift within the party over his leadership, I personally don't think he would have gotten a strong endorsement at the AGM.

The party was planning to change the process of selecting their next leader so it's not known how the next leader will be elected or when.

There's no clear successor and only a seven member caucus. Of those seven only I'd say three would even consider it and each have been asked. They are; Steve Kent, David Brazil and Keith Hutchings. All have said thus far they haven't given it much thought but haven't ruled it out.

Kent ran in the last leadership race and placed third. Many seem to think he won't be trying again, which is surprising. He's a polarizing guy who would struggle to make gains.

Brazil and Hutchings are both former cabinet ministers who were both effective. Hutchings could have won the last leadership race last time but I think the time may have come for both him and Brazil. These two don't have as much baggage as some other former ministers/MHAs but anyone who has been part of recent administrations could struggle.

Other names out there now are 2014 runner-up John Ottenheimer, who has said he'll think about another bid. He's 63 years old so I don't know how lucky a bid will be.

One of the names out there is who supposedly quite interested in Ches Crosbie. Ches is John Crosbie son, he's a prominent lawyer who was banned from running for the federal Conservative Party last year. Despite being banned he remained involved with the federal party. Crosbie says he'll have more to say after the AGM.

Former minister Shawn Skinner and Conservative commentator Tim Powers are two other names that will likely receive media attention.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With No Heir Apparent, PCs Consider Leadership Bids

October 24, 2016 | 6:17 amLast Updated:October 24, 2016 | 9:08 am


While rumours are swirling about who will officially put their name forward to lead the PC Party once Paul Davis steps down, there were no formal announcements at this weekend's PC AGM in Gander. VOCM's David Maher reports.

While no one has officially put their name in the hat, some Tory mainstays have yet to rule out a run.

Keith Hutchings, David Brazil, and Sandy Collins have said they're weighing their options. Steve Kent issued an email to supporters, expressing his strong interest in entering the race. Kent came in third in the last PC Leadership convention. He says he's interested, but it's too early to say anything for certain.

He says the rules and timing aren't known. He says the focus for the party has to be preparing to defeat the Liberals in the next election.

Lawyer Ches Crosbie, son of long-time Tory John Crosbie, says whoever the next leader is, there's an appetite for a new face.

He says there's a great spirit in the party about renewal in the future. He says there's a feeling that the next leader needs to not have baggage from previous administrations, and he says that he himself just may qualify for that.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PC Party considers lower taxes, democratic reform at AGM

By Peter Cowan, CBC News Posted: Oct 22, 2016 6:35 AM NT| Last Updated: Oct 22, 2016 6:35 AM NT

Delegates register at the PC Party annual general meeting in Gander Friday night.

With the resignation of Progressive Conservative Party Leader Paul Davis, the focus of the party's weekend AGM in Gander now turns to policy and setting rules for choosing a successor.

The party has to choose a process for selecting someone to replace Davis, and one of the proposals to be voted on proposes to expand the voting beyond PC party members to any supporter of the party, "to demonstrate that the party is truly committed to the most democratic of principles," reads the motion written by the Corner Brook district association.

Several of the people considering a run at the leadership, including MHA Steve Kent, lawyer Ches Crosbie and former cabinet minister John Ottenheimer are expected at the convention.

Paul Davis to resign as PC leader, 'in best interests of party'

When Davis announced his resignation he encouraged the party to adopt a more open process that allows all party members to help choosing the leader. The process the party used to elect Davis involved a traditional delegated convention.

Fiscally conservative and socially progressive policies considered

The party is also considering policy changes, one of which aims to push the party in a more fiscally conservative direction.

The existing MHAs are pushing to adopt policies that would push for tax cuts, eliminate the recently introduced deficit reduction levy and have more public private partnerships. It doesn't layout how the party would pay for the lower taxes.

The caucus is also proposing what it calls a "comprehensive social plan" to reduce poverty, prevent violence and make the province a national leader in mental health care.

The party will also decide whether to adopt positions to limit corporate and union political donations, encourage more trade with the UK, as it exits the European Union, and grow more food locally.

Many of the leadership contenders for the federal Conservative Party are also expecting to visit the convention looking for support in their bid to replace Stephen Harper.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who's out and who's considering a run to lead the PC Party

With no rules and no timeline, no names confirmed

By Peter Cowan, CBC News Posted: Oct 12, 2016 5:46 PM NT| Last Updated: Oct 12, 2016 5:46 PM NT

Steve Kent, David Brazil and Ches Crosbie are among the possible contenders to replace Paul Davis as leader of the PC Party in Newfoundland and Labrador

Paul Davis's announcement Tuesday of his resignation as PC leader caught most inside the party off-guard, but now that the top job is open, people are considering a run.

The party's annual general meeting, Oct. 22 and 23 in Gander, will be a good place for anyone considering a run to see who in the party supports them.

So far the party hasn't set any dates or rules for a leadership race, which will influence who decides to run.

Steve Kent

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MHA Steve Kent said it's too early to make a decision about a leadership run (CBC)

It's the name that's top of mind for many party members.

Steve Kent came in third in the last leadership race. At the convention he threw his support behind Davis, helping him beat John Ottenheimer in a very close race.

"I've not made any decisions at this point," said Kent, who sits as the MHA for Mount Pearl North.

"There's lot of time in the days and week and months ahead to make decisions about leadership runs."

Kent said the party needs to focus on rebuilding.

Ches Crosbie

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Lawyer Ches Crosbie said he'll have more to say about the possibility of a leadership run after the party's AGM (Paul Daly/Canadian Press)

Lawyer Ches Crosbie has made a name for himself through high-profile class-action lawsuits.

He tried to run federally for the Conservatives in the last federal election, but the party wouldn't let him, bringing wrath from former federal PC cabinet minister John Crosbie, who is also Ches's father.

While insiders expect Crosbie to run, he's being tight-lipped about his interest, saying only that he'll have more to say after the party's AGM.

David Brazil

David Brazil
MHA David Brazil said his first priority is to put in a process that engages more party members, but once that's in place he may run for the leadership. (CBC)

The MHA for Conception Bay East-Bell Island said he's flattered by the calls he's received since Davis's resignation asking about his interest in the leadership.

He said his priority right now is to help the party come up with a new process that brings in new members and engages existing ones.

In 2014 the leader was chosen through a traditional delegated convention, but outgoing leader Paul Davis has recommended the party find a new process that gives individual party members a direct say.

Brazil said he'll work with the party to make sure that happens.

Depending on the timing and rules that are in place, he may put his name forward.

"I'm definitely leaving the door open," he said.

Cleary rules out run

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Ryan Cleary ran for the PC Party in the last election but said he's too busy trying to start up a new union to run for the leadership (Mark Quinn/CBC)

Former NDP MP Ryan Cleary, who ran for the PCs provincially in the last election, says he's not considering a run.

"I wouldn't entertain that for a second," he said. "I'm busy."

Cleary is trying to start a new fisheries union to represent fish harvesters who are currently represented by the Fish, Food and Allied Workers union.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hopefully we'll have some interesting names come forward and have a PC Party that is rebranded.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a poll go by last night on twitter for Newfoundland and Labrador , its from abacus data

liberal 36 , ndp 34 , pc 29

whats interesting is the pc numbers are virtually the same as the election , the ndp gain is entirely at the expense of the liberals .


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( news of a potential candidate )

Ches Crosbie, son of John Crosbie, making run for Newfoundland Tory leadership

By The Canadian Press — Feb 15 2017

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The son of Tory legend John Crosbie has announced his interest in running for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ches Crosbie, a lawyer based in St. John's, says in a news release that he's going to offer for the leadership in part because of concerns over the province's precarious financial condition.

He says the Liberal government under Premier Dwight Ball hasn't been displaying strong leadership in managing Newfoundland's struggling economy.

Crosbie says he'll be spending the next few months travelling the province on a "Connect with Crosbie" tour.

No date has been set yet for a leadership convention for the party.

Crosbie's father served in the cabinets of both Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney and ran for the leadership of the federal party.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can Ches Crosbie connect? Lawyer soft launching bid for PC leadership

Official start of leadership still at least 4 months away

By Peter Cowan, CBC News Posted: Feb 13, 2017 6:00 AM NT| Last Updated: Feb 13, 2017 6:00 AM NT

Sources tell CBC News lawyer Ches Crosbie will soft launch his campaign for the PC leadership as early as this week with a provincial tour

After months of saying he was considering the leadership fo the Progressive Conservative Party, Ches Crosbie will stage a soft launch of his campaign as early as this week, CBC News has learned.

Crosbie started organizing behind the scene after Paul Davis announced in October that he will step down as leader, when the party chooses his successor.

Crosbie is a St. John's lawyer who made his mark through high profile class action lawsuits over moose vehicle accidents, breast cancer testing, video lottery terminals and residential schools

Sources tell CBC News that Crosbie will go on a "listening tour" of Newfoundland and Labrador in advance of the formal start of campaigning.

It will likely be months before any official campaigning begins.

Tory race not expected any time soon

The party is revamping its leadership rules, and party president Graydon Pelley has told the executive the he wants a special meeting to vote on those rules early in June.

If the rules are adopted then, the earliest possible leadership vote would be in the fall. However, the party could decide to wait until the spring of 2018.

The Liberals gave members and supporters a direct vote in choosing the party's leader in 2013, when Dwight Ball won a five-way leadership contest.

That campaign helped the Liberals sign up of tens of thousands of new supporters, and galvanazed the base heading into the 2015 election, when the Grits took back power from the Tories.

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Party president Graydon Pelley said there's consensus that the party needs to scrap a traditional delegated convention (Peter Cowan/CBC)

Pelley said after consulting members, it's clear the rules need to change to give more individual Tories a greater say in who becomes leader.

In a letter sent to the party executive, Pelley said the new leader needs to be in place with enough time to build to the next election, set for the fall of 2019.

"We … recognize there is an urgent need to move quickly to complete the amendments so that the leadership selection process can start and enable potential candidates to be aware of the process before the start of their campaigns," Pelley wrote in the letter, a copy of which has been obtained by CBC.

For people considering a run for the leadership, the rules around spending, and who gets to vote, could be key to deciding whether they get in to the race.

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PC MHA Steve Kent came third in the last PC leadership race, he's said he's interested in running for the job again. (Sherry Vivian/CBC)

Mount Pearl North MHA Steve Kent, who ran for the PC leadership in 2015, said he's strongly considering a run.

Insiders wonder whether Crosbie can connect

Crosbie is the son of Tory legend John Crosbie, whose career started on St. John's city council and included high-profile stints in both the provincial and federal cabinets. He also served as Newfoundland and Labrador's lieutenant-governor.

Ches Crosbie tried for the federal Conservative nomination in the riding of Avalon in the last federal election but was rejected by the party.

Sources close to the campaign believe the former Rhodes scholar has the intelligence for the job, but the tour will be a test to see whether he can make the personal connection with the public required to win.

The campaign would also boost his profile in the party against better-known contenders, like Kent, a former cabinet minister who has held a seat in the House of Assembly since 2007.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's still no official leadership race yet, and it could still be a while before one is held as the party doesn't even have rules in place for how the leader will be chosen.

A poll last month showed that the PC Party is in the lead, for the first time in several years. PCs are at 39%, the Liberals at 33% and the NDP are at 26%.

The increase in support might spark some interest in the leadership from potential candidates. As of yet, Ches Crosbie is still the only person to say he's interested. His provincial tour has remained fairly quiet. He was in the news last week for proposing to have a non-profit group take over the provincially-run ski hill and for exploring the idea of selling off the liquor corporation.
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