Nfld. & Labrador

N.L. Liberals to name new leader, premier on Aug. 3

The Liberal Party will relaunch its leadership process on June 8, with a new leader and premier to be named on Aug. 3 during a virtual convention.

Liberal Party will relaunch leadership process on June 8

John Abbott, left, and Andrew Furey can resume their contest to become the next leader of the N.L. Liberal party on June 8, with a winner being declared Aug. 3. The winner will also automatically become the province's next premier. (CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador Liberals will declare a new party leader — and premier — during a virtual convention on Aug. 3 in St. John's, party officials announced Monday.

A leadership contest between Andrew Furey and John Abbott was paused March 23 as the province was coming to grips with the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The committee overseeing the contest has decided to relaunch the race on June 8, when the province is anticipating relaxing some public health measures by allowing some businesses to reopen.

Both candidates are prohibited from engaging in any public campaign activity until that date.

The committee says more details will be released in the coming days. Those wishing to vote have until noon on June 28 to register. Votes can be cast by telephone and online, and at a series of satellite voting locations throughout the province.

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