PC Party formally acknowledges Barry out of leadership race

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The PC Party formally acknowledged that Bill Barry has stepped out of the race, leaving Frank Coleman unopposed as the anointed leader of the party.

In a news release this afternoon, the PC Party announced that meetings will be happening over the weekend to figure out what to do about the sudden turn of events.

But it looks like Coleman will still have to wait for July 5 before he becomes the 12th premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“With this decision, Mr. Frank Coleman is the sole candidate for PC Party Leader,” the PC Party said in its news release. “Pursuant to the Party’s Constitution, Mr. Coleman’s leadership must be confirmed by delegates at the Leadership Convention on July 5, 2014.”

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Barry announced that he’s pulling out of the race because he felt the deck was stacked against him, and party members were unwilling to listen to his ideas.

“Obviously, it’s a personal decision of Mr. Barry’s to withdraw from the race, and I respect that, but I believe he was running an excellent campaign and we were looking forward to a good race over the next couple of months,” convention co-chair Tommy Williams said.

“Many people have been coming out to our delegate selection meetings, speaking up and taking an active role in shaping the direction that our party and our province will take in the months and years ahead.”

Organizations: PC Party Leader, Leadership Convention

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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Recent comments

  • Henry
    April 18, 2014 - 18:50

    Lets just skip all this nonsense and have a general election and settle all this!!!!!

  • Marshall Art
    April 18, 2014 - 10:15

    The PC party has become a joke. A virtual unknown is the sole candidate for their leader, thanks to Danny Williams, who decided not to take his own advice to just shut up and go away, and is now grinning like a cheshire cat . A stacked deck, a leader effectively elected before a convention, a sham of a 'race', a sole candidate who's an unknown and a former Premier controlling his puppets. Ah, democratic elections, ya gotta love it.

  • Maurice E. Adams
    April 18, 2014 - 09:36

    Sorry Tommy, there is no integrity in your comment about having a 'good race'. ............You know better. .........The only integrity in the whole process is that shown by Mr. Barry when he made the only decision a person of integrity could make when he decided not to participate in something that would make a mockery of the democratic process.

  • Gerry
    April 17, 2014 - 19:02

    Mr. Coleman, you should find it easy to sit with the party. You're what PC's in NL need. It used to be Danny and Jerome. Now it's Frank and ???. Best of luck and I'm glad it was you.

  • Corporate Psycho
    April 17, 2014 - 17:44

    Don't you mean the Williams Party?

  • was a pc surpoter
    April 17, 2014 - 17:34

    frank, i pity you you you dont need this .you will have to become a bully

  • former pc. surpporter
    April 17, 2014 - 17:10

    Williams is still running the pc party.bill barry ,done the the the right thing Williams was out to get him. Williams is going to ruined the pc party .I lost all respect for the man.