'We've got to be careful:' Dwight Ball to Liberals
The leader of the provincial Liberals in Newfoundland and Labrador is warning the party faithful in the caucus not to get too cocky.
"We've got to be careful," Dwight Ball told the convention Friday night in Gander at the kickoff rally for the party's annual general meeting. "We are nowhere near the finish line yet, we are only at the start line."
About 200 people are registered for the convention.
One organizer said it's the biggest one the party has organized since the divisive leadership convention in Mount Pearl that pitted Roger Grimes against John Efford 14 years ago.
Many of the delegates are looking to run for the party in the next election.
Part of the weekend includes candidate training. An election will happen within a year of incoming premier Frank Coleman taking over the leadership of the provincial Progressive Conservative party on July 5.
We are nowhere near the finish line yet, we are only at the start line.- Liberal Leader Dwight Ball
The Liberals said this weekend's meeting marks the kick off for the next election.
The Liberals have doubled the number of MHAs in the last year.
"In order to get where we need to be — six to 12 just don't cut it," said Ball.
"We've got to double again and then some. That's our objective for the next year."