August 1, 2017
PC Party Announces Leadership Selection Committee Co-Chairs and Rules
The Provincial Executive of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador has released the Rules that will govern the Party’s current leadership selection process and has announced the co-chairs of the committee that will oversee the process under those Rules and the Party’s Constitution.
Carbonear lawyer Jessica Babb and former Cabinet Minister Shawn Skinner will co-chair the Leadership Selection Committee. Brief bios follow in the Backgrounder.
The Rules build on the provisions of the Party’s Constitution, which delegates to the June 2017 Special General Meeting amended to give all registered Party members and supporters the right to vote directly to select the Party Leader.
- Link to Rules (PDF): https://www.pcpartynl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/PC-Party-Leadership-Rules-and-Forms.pdf
- Link to Rules (Word doc): https://www.pcpartynl.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Rules_PC_Leadership_2018.docx
To be eligible to become an accredited candidate for the Party leadership, a person must submit the required nomination forms to the leadership committee co-chairs by January 15, 2018, under the terms specified in the Rules.
Members of the general public who wish to participate in the selection of the leader must submit an application by February 28, 2018 to be a member or supporter of the PC Party of NL under the terms specified in the Rules. Additional information on the member/supporter system will be released in the coming weeks.
The ballots will be opened, the Leader announced and installed on April 28, 2018.
The Rules cover a wide range of matters pertaining to the leadership selection process, and include stringent provisions for candidate spending limits, professional auditing and full disclosure.
Further details of the leadership selection process will be announced by the co-chairs in the months to come and will be posted on the Party website at
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Graydon Pelley, President of the PC Party of NL
C: 709-636- 8326
Brief Bios of the Co-Chairs
Jessica Babb, a lawyer, has been volunteering with the PC Party since joining as a youth
member and has served on the Provincial Executive. Ms. Babb practices law in her hometown,
Shawn Skinner, a Chartered Manager, is a former provincial Cabinet Minister who served in
various portfolios. He also served as a St. John’s City Councillor from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Skinner is a lifelong volunteer who currently serves as the Chair of End Homelessness St. John’s.