The provincial PC party decided this week it will officially go ahead with a leadership convention in St. John’s in July.
The event became redundant when all but one candidate remained in the race to become leader.
Unless he changes his mind in the interim, Frank Coleman of Corner Brook will be leader and premier when the delegates pack their gear to head home after the convention closes.
The party said in its press release that they will be adding some work for the delegates — evidently in an attempt to make the cost worthwhile.
The convention will now include some election readiness activities and the party’s annual general meeting functions.
Now that the Tories already know who their new leader will be, one would think they would use the time to get Coleman a seat in the House of Assembly.
Interim Premier Tom Marshall has already offered the seat in Humber East to the winner ... and now we know the winner.
Why not call a byelection in Humber East for early June and give Coleman a chance to be declared premier without having to face the prospect of sitting in the gallery watching proceedings? Coleman and the caucus would have that impediment lifted and he could become the premier in more than name only.
Why waste the next couple of months?