PC Party Announces Leadership Selection Committee Co-Chairs and Rules

01 August 2017

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.

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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Media contact:
Graydon Pelley, President of the PC Party of NL
C: 709-636- 8326
E: gpelleypc@gmail.com


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.












Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

12 June 2017

Re: Special General Meeting 2017

Fellow Progressive Conservatives:

I want to take this opportunity to follow up after an excellent Special General Meeting in Gander this past weekend. As our Party came together to debate and reform our constitution I was reassured that this Party is ready to modernize and move into the future stronger than ever.

For those of you who attended in Gander this past weekend: thank you! Your dedication to attend, voice your opinion, participate in debate, and challenge the status quo is invigorating to see. For those who were unable to attend, thank you for sending in your ideas, generating discussion with your emails and letters, and for all the ground work you did leading up to this pivotal point in our Party!

To the Constitution Committee, I want to extend my sincerest congratulations and thanks, on behalf of all party members, for taking the time to reform and revamp critical pieces of our constitution leading up to a leadership contest in 2018. Your work is paramount as we move forward, together.

As a brief summary, at the special general meeting, collectively, the Party decided to:

1)  Build a strong supporter and membership base with a new online system;

2)  Move away from a delegated leadership convention to a more modern way of 
electing a new leader;

3)  Ensure that each supporter and member of the party, province wide, has a 
chance to vote on the new leader; and

4)  To use a one member, one vote, ranked ballot system for electing our new 

This weekend I also announced the date of installment for our new leader which will be during the weekend of April 27-29th, 2018.

Now that we have approved these constitutional amendments, the Provincial Executive Committee can move quickly in finalizing and releasing the rules for the upcoming leadership contest. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for these details! As part of this, we will also be forming and announcing a new leadership committee to carry out the process. With such a critical piece of business completed this past weekend, we are now positioned to finalize and release all these details to the Party membership and the public.

Remember that, as we move forward in charting this new direction for our Party, we must do so together. Every person has a critical role to play and we look forward to completing the work that brings us back to Government in the next election.

Anytime you have an idea, a concern, or something to bring forward, please do not hesitate to reach out – our success is driven by it.

Again, thanks to everyone who has participated in changing our constitution, whether at the Special General Meeting or in other forms of debate!

With my very best,

Graydon Pelley
PC Party of NL


Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

June 2017

Special General Meeting Agenda
June 9th – 11th, 2017
Quality Hotel and Suites (Formerly Hotel Gander)
Gander, NL


Friday, June 9, 2017

6 – 8:00 pm – Registration

8:00 pm – Meet and Greet (Cash Bar)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

8 – 10 am – Registration

9:30 am – Address from President and Leader

9:55 am – Adoption of Agenda

10:00 am * – Introduction to Meeting; Intro, Debate, and Vote Resolution #1

11:30 am * – Intro, Debate, and Vote Resolution #2

Noon – 1 pm – Lunch (Provided)

1:00 pm * – Intro, Debate, and Vote Resolution #2 cont.

2:00 pm * – Intro, Debate, and Vote Resolution #3

3:00 pm * – Intro, Debate, and Vote Resolution #4

4:00 pm * – Intro, Debate, and Vote Resolution #5

4:30 pm * – Intro, Debate, and Vote Resolution #6

5:00 pm – Adjournment

6 – 10 pm – Social

Sunday, June 11, 2017

9:00 am * – Intro, Debate, and Vote Resolution #7

10:30 am * – Intro, Debate, and Vote Resolution #8

11:15 am * – Any Other Business

Noon – Conclusion of Special General Meeting; Provincial Executive Meeting

* Resolutions will be introduced, debated, and voted on in sequential order. The times included are approximations. If things are moving along faster or slower, these times may change accordingly.

Please Note: To save paper, there will be no hard copies of resolutions provided. Please ensure that you have your own hard copies or an electronic form with you. Resolutions can be found here:

Links to Special General Meeting Resolutions (PDFs):

Resolution 1: Membership and Supporter Criteria, Applications, Fees, and Renewal

Resolution 2: Membership and Supporter – Rights and Responsibilities

Resolution 3: Membership and Supporter Deadlines

Resolution 4: Membership Registry and Data Use

Resolution 5: Suspension and Revocation of Membership or Supporter Status

Resolution 6: Corollary Amendments to Support Changes under Article 5

Resolution 7: Leadership

Resolution 8: Leadership Convention

Current PC Party Constitution





Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

May 2017

Dear Progressive Conservatives:

Please see the following information and registration for the upcoming Special General Meeting to be held in Gander on June 9 – 11, 2017. Registration will begin Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm with the meeting expected to conclude Sunday at noon.

A more formal agenda is forthcoming, however, a layout for the weekend will be:

Friday, June 9, 2017

6:00pm – 8:00pm : Registration

Saturday, June 10, 2017

8:00am – 10:00am : Registration
9:30am – 10:00am : Address from President and Leader
10:00am – 12:00pm : Business Sessions
12:00pm – 1:00pm : Lunch
1:00pm – 5:00pm : Business Sessions
6:00pm – 10:00pm : Social

Sunday, June 11, 2017

9:00am – 12:00pm : Business Sessions
12:00pm : Conclusion of SGM

This is a critical time for our party and the focus for this meeting will be a presentation on the recommended changes to the constitution around Membership, Leadership Contests, and other pertinent constitutional amendments. As we move forward and chart a direction for the party it is critical that you join us to decide how our constitution will look. With a leadership contest and a provincial election on the horizon we need you on board to help us succeed. A more detailed agenda will be forth coming following registration.

The cost of registration is $100.00 for delegates and observers, and $80.00 for youth delegates (30 years of age and younger).

Please ensure you register as soon as possible. Note that payment is due upon registration – you will not be considered registered until payment has been received. Online payment via credit card is preferred.

Information on registration, payment, and accommodations is below.

If you have any questions, please contact Maude Goulding (709-651-2890) or Desmond Whalen (709-427-9548).


Graydon Pelley
PC Party of NL

Information Regarding Special General Meeting

What: Special General Meeting
When: June 9 – 11, 2017
Where: Quality Hotel & Suites, Gander, NL


To ensure accommodations and rates, and that you are staying at the designated meeting hotel, we encourage you to book your room as soon as possible.

Quality Hotel & Suites: (formerly Hotel Gander)
100 Trans Canada Highway, Gander, NL A1V 1P5 Canada
Toll Free 1-800-563-2988
Local 709-256-3931
$ 124.00 +HST (All Rates are based on Single Occupancy)
Please inform hotel that you are attending the PC Special General Meeting.

Other Hotels in the Gander Area:

Albatross Hotel:
Toll Free 1-800-563-4900
Local 709-256-3956

Comfort Inn:
Local 709-256-3535

Country Inn Motel:
Toll Free 1-877-956-4005
Local 709-256-4005

Country Inn RV Park:
Toll Free 1-888-256-7755
Local 709-256-7755

Irving West Hotel:
Local 709-256-2406

Sinbad’s Hotel & Suites:
Toll Free 1-800-563-8330
Local 709-651-2678

Registration Options:

Complete the online registration form at the link below:

Registration link: 2017 Special General Meeting Online Registration: https://www.pcpartynl.ca/crm/index.php?q=civicrm/event/info&id=1&reset=1

Event Fees:

Regular $ 100.00
Youth $ 80.00
Observer $ 100.00

Payment Options:

1) Pay online within the registration form using credit card (Preferred Option)

2) Pay by Cheque made payable to “Gander District PC Association” mailed to SGM Committee c/o Maude Goulding

Mail Payments to:

Special General Meeting
Registration Committee
c/o Maude Goulding
48 Hamilton St.
Gander, NL A1V 1V7

Links to Special General Meeting Resolutions (PDFs):

Resolution 1: Membership and Supporter Criteria, Applications, Fees, and Renewal

Resolution 2: Membership and Supporter – Rights and Responsibilities

Resolution 3: Membership and Supporter Deadlines

Resolution 4: Membership Registry and Data Use

Resolution 5: Suspension and Revocation of Membership or Supporter Status

Resolution 6: Corollary Amendments to Support Changes under Article 5

Resolution 7: Leadership

Resolution 8: Leadership Convention

Current PC Party Constitution





Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

April 28, 2017

To our valued members;

As our PC Party continues the path forward and our work to position ourselves to earn the respect and support of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, it is important to keep you, our members, informed.

Since elected at the Annual General Meeting in the Fall of 2016, our executive has operated with the utmost integrity, honesty, and with the best interests of the party in mind. We will continue to work together, with you, to put the PC Party first.

Following the Executive Council Meeting held in Clarenville on April 7 and 8, there was some additional information requested with respect to the process to review and make changes to the PC Party constitution. In the spirit of keeping all informed, we would like to share additional information prior to the Special General Meeting scheduled for June 9 and 10 in Gander.

1. Motion to Review the Constitution at the 2016 Annual General Meeting:

The direction given at the October 2016 Annual General Meeting was to replace the current leadership process which is delegate selection based, and to review the Constitution and Bylaws as they related to Leadership Selection and bring that forward at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting. The constitution committee has been actively engaged in this work.

The original motion made at the 2016 Annual General Meeting with respect to a review of the constitution was moved by Dennis Waterman and seconded by Carla Hayes and read:

“Be it resolved that the Constitution of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador be amended in all appropriate sections relevant to the leadership conventions to remove the limitations on delegates and selection of same, as is currently set out, and replace those sections with revisions to demonstrate that the Party is truly committed to the most democratic of principles, which will allow any and all persons professing to subscribe to Party principles and philosophy, an opportunity to cast a vote in the leadership selection process”

A friendly amendment was moved by Pat Curran and seconded by Bill Dooley and read:

“Be it further resolved that: A special committee be appointed by the Executive Committee of the Party within 30 days of this motion being adopted to review and recommend options for a leadership selection process, assessing approaches in NL and other jurisdictions nationally and internationally; That the special committee, within 120 days of being appointed, report to the Executive Committee and present recommendations and proposed amendments to the Party constitution and by-laws on leadership selection as per Section 16 – Bylaws, of the Constitution; That a general or special general meeting of the membership of the Party be held, either in the spring, summer, or fall of 2017, for the purposes of amending the Party’s constitution and by-laws on leadership selection as per Section 17 –amendments; Be it further resolved that notwithstanding the current Article 3 of the constitution, the selection of the Party leader follow the process adopted by the membership as proposed above.”

The motion as amended was passed and carried when voted on by the Party membership.

2. Purpose of the Executive Council Meeting:

An Executive Council Meeting was held April 7 and 8 in Clarenville with approximately 70 attending. A presentation identified two leadership models for discussion, and provided opportunity for feedback on the proposed changes to the constitution.

3. Requirements to Call a Special General Meeting:

Two-thirds of the membership of the Executive Council were required to call the Special General Meeting.

As outlined in Article 11, Section 2 of the PC Party Constitution, “Special general meetings shall be called by the Steering Committee upon the Steering Committee receiving written petition to call such a meeting signed by two- thirds of the members of the Provincial Executive Council.” There are 223 members on the Executive Council – 148 names were required to trigger a Special General Meeting. To date, the Secretary of the Party has received 154 responses. The more than two-thirds required to trigger such a meeting has been received.

4. Role of the Constitution Committee:

The Constitution Committee of the Party is a standing committee of the Party as outlined in Article 14, Section 1. The Chairperson of this Committee, Ms. Keri-Lynn Power, and all other members have been appointed by the Party President as laid out in Article 14, Section 2. This was done within the 30-day limit as per the motion at the Annual General Meeting.

The Constitution Committee, being a standing committee, operates independently of the Executive. It does not require a motion to direct its work, rather, its goal is to review the Constitution, or sections of the Constitution, to provide recommendations. As Appendix D indicates, the Constitution Committee can also be directed by the President to perform certain duties.

In keeping with the motion, the Constitution Committee was tasked by the Executive Committee with reviewing the leadership sections of the Constitution. Given that membership is intimately intertwined with the leadership process, the Constitution Committee was directed by the Party President to look at membership as well.

At a meeting in February, the Constitution Committee provided an update to the Executive Committee on its work to date, thus fulfilling the 120-day timeline outlined in the motion above.

The committee has put a tremendous amount of time and effort over the past number of months to review the constitution, consider other provincial and federal party constitutions, organize focus groups, present to Executive Council and make recommendations.

5. Authority to Make Rules for Leadership Process:

Under the Constitution and By-Laws the authority to make the rules rests with the PC Party Executive as does the authority to set the date/time/place for any potential leadership process.

The By-Laws under clause 3 (a) outline the Executive’s authority to set rules/guidelines around the leadership process and that authority is mirrored in the current Rules under Appendix A as the first point.

6. Purpose of the June Special General Meeting:

The Special General Meeting will provide membership an opportunity to discuss and vote on proposed amendments to the PC Party constitution with respect to leadership and membership. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Party Executive will meet and announce the details for a leadership process and release information on leadership rules, deadlines for candidates to make their intentions known, as well as information on PC Party membership

7. Leadership Date:

The PC Party Executive is working on a potential date and venue for a leadership convention. Once the date and details are confirmed the information will be communicated to membership.

We trust this provides some clarity to those members who may have had questions. We look forward to our continued work together to put the PC Party on the right path to earn the support of voters in the next provincial election in 2019.


Graydon Pelley
President, Progressive Conservative Party of NL





Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador

October 2016

Dear Party Supporters,

The PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador is reviewing, revising and rewriting its constitution. This will be a very comprehensive process to ensure the party’s constitution is reflective of a modern forward thinking political party. Due to a resolution passed at the last AGM, there are two very significant issues that require immediate attention. First, the process and the rules the party uses to select a leader. Second, the issue of party membership and who should be eligible to vote in a leader selection process.

As you are aware the party’s current leader , Paul Davis, will be stepping down when the party selects a new leader. Since the last leadership convention there has been much discussion about the need to review the existing delegated convention process, particularly given other political parties in NL and other parts of Canada have moved to new ways of engaging more people in their party’s leader selection process. The party’s current constitution provides very specific rules dictating that only a delegated convention process be used to select a leader. If the party wants to make any changes in how a leader is selected and who can participate in the process it will require a change in the constitution

As a part of the process of conducting a review of these two issues, leader selection process and membership, as quickly as possible the party is asking for your assistance by completing the attached feedback form by January 7th 2017. It can be returned to us via email at engage@pcpartynl.ca or via post at P.O. Box 8551, St. John’s, NL A1B 3P2.

Click here for a Microsoft Word copy of the feedback form.

Click here for a PDF copy of the feedback form.


Thank you for your help in this very important project.


Graydon Pelley
President, Progressive Conservative Party of NL





October 11, 2016