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Regional NDP, Liberals declare leadership strategies

Nova Scotia

Key takeaways: 

  • Gary Burrill declared he was stepping down in November, Iain Rankin in January.
  • Gary Burrill and the NDP caucus stepped to Province House in November 2021 before Burrill declared he would step aside as party head.

NDP announce leadership plans: 

The regional Liberals and NDP have declared their strategies to elect new leaders in 2022.

On Saturday, the NDP declared dates and rules for the party’s leadership race to substitute Gary Burrill.

A press release from the party stated voting would begin on June 20 and conclude on June 25.

Burrill declared in November that he would be stepping down from the party’s leadership but would resume on as MLA for Halifax Chebucto.

Carol Ferguson, the party’s president, stated Burrill’s choosing to step down and make space for a new leader would make a chance for the party’s “revival and growth.” Source –

“I truly admire and appreciate Gary’s wisdom in knowing as a leader that it’s time for a transformation, and the chance is here now for the party to do that,” she stated. Source –

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New leadership strategies declared by NDP

The deadline for reporting for the race is May 21. Potential nominees will have to pay an installment of $5,000 at the time of registering and another $5,000 installment by the May deadline.

According to Ferguson, enrollment and the election will let candidates engage with party members.

Dartmouth South MLA Claudia Chender is the only individual thus far to describe an interest in a leadership offer but has not declared she will join the race.

Liberals to have convention July 9

The Liberals will have a leadership convention on July 9 to substitute Iain Rankin.

The party published a press release Sunday after a local board meeting.

Joseph Khoury, the party president, stated that although this will be the party’s second leadership ethnicity in numerous years, he and the membership are not living in the past.

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