PC AGM 2018: Leadership Race Details Announced​

February 11, 2018 at 8:12 am

The Progressive Conservative Leadership Convention will be held in Halifax October 26-27, 2018.

Today, at the closing announcement of the 2018 PC AGM in Halifax, Leadership Committee Co-Chairs Tara Erskine and Chris d’Entremont announced the rules for the leadership race.

“We spent the last three months meeting with the PC membership and hearing from them about their views on the leadership race rules,” says Erskine. “This may be the most highly contested leadership race in the history of the PC Party. We feel we have a strong, fair process in place to help the Party choose its next leader.”

“You can feel the excitement already. People are engaged and we’ve worked hard to make sure the process is fair to all candidates,” says d’Entremont. “This is an important time for our Party and I look forward to the discussions that will be had throughout the next eight months.”

The PC Party of Nova Scotia Executive met on January 28 and February 7 and passed the leadership rules.

Some of the key highlights include:

  • One member, one vote, weighted for equality of constituencies. Each constituency is allocated 100 points and votes allocated proportionally.
  • Members will have the option of mail-in ballot with preferential voting or voting at convention with multiple ballots
  • $30,000 entrance fee with $5,000 refundable upon completion of reports, payments are staged – $5,000 on entry, $10,000 on August 15 and $15,000 on September 1
  • Cut off for candidate nomination papers is August 13
  • Candidates must be nominated by 50 members with not more than five from the same constituency
  • Any candidate may withdraw up to August 15
  • To vote a member must be a member of the Party by September 11