Having multiple candidates seeking a nomination is always good. It creates an atmosphere of competition as well gives people the impression the position is coveted, which also bodes well in public perception.
The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced three nomination contestants for the District of St. George’s-Stephenville East. Scott Reid, Thomas Rose, and Corrine Slade have all been accepted as nomination contestants for the district.
While the date of a byelection has yet to be announced to replace a seat left vacant by the resignation of Joan Shea, the last member of the House of Assembly for the district, the Liberals will be holding a nomination meeting in the district Monday.
A Progressive Conservative candidate is yet to be selected for the district. It will be interesting to see how many people put forward their names as contestants for that party.
There are the usual rumours going around, but until the party makes it public, it’s just as well to wait to see who the official candidate or candidates will be.
There’s no doubt there will be a NDP candidate or nominees for the party in this election and that announcement should be made soon.
One of the biggest things the governing PCs will have to answer to is the layoff of many public sector workers in the 2013 budget.
Whoever wins the race for premier of the province will have his or her work cut out in restoring a party that many people in the province have lost faith in.
The byelection in Bay St. George will be an interesting one which may help in gauging what the electorate is really thinking.