The P.C. Party’s Convention Committee has backed away from plans to
use the “Delegate List” chosen for the recent Leadership Contest. The Committee has issued orders to start over.  

A new Leadership Race became necessary when Frank
Coleman stepped aside this week, having become the Premier Designate when Bill Barry dropped out.  
The new
delegate selection process will run from July 14 to August 14, 2014.  Nominations for leader will open on Monday,
June 23 and run until July 7, 2014. 
The PC Party will
now elect a new leader on the weekend of September 12th and 13th

Some Party
insiders were irate that candidates running in the new leadership contest might have to be chosen by delegates selected for Frank Coleman. It seems 
Party members, elected to the Executive of District Associations during the same meetings, will keep their positions.   It is too early to say if their status will still be a bone of contention by candidates entering the new contest.

The announcement suggests some powerful members on the
Convention Committee have retreated, at least somewhat, from a position thought to favour any
Candidate supported by former Premier Danny Williams.   

obviously chastened Williams stated, today, he will not be involved.  Natural Resources
Minister Derrick Dalley, and close associate of Williams’, has also announced he
will not run. 

Evidently, Williams
has gotten the message that P.C. Party supporters and the public are not amused
with his meddling in the Party’s leadership apparatus.  He is associated with arbitrarily picking Kathy

He is also
thought to have arranged a “fix” with the Caucus in support of Frank Coleman.  Bill Barry quit the Race when no Caucus Member
would publicly support him. 

Danny Williams
says he is going fishing, that he won’t be dragged into the Contest.   

It is too
early for this Blogger to draw any conclusions regarding Danny’s intentions.  Just possibly he has gotten the message his prior antics resulted in poor leadership choices which have helped devastate his Party’s standing in the Polls.  

His very public role in the Virginia Waters by-election hurt, according to some Tory insiders, rather
than helped Danny Breen.  

Ottenheimer says he is in.  Steve Kent is
talking a lot about it.  But the new name
getting attention is former RNC Officer and current Tory Cabinet Minister, Paul

Stay tuned.
Des Sullivan
Des Sullivan
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada Uncle Gnarley is hosted by Des Sullivan, of St. John's. He is a businessman engaged over three decades in real estate management and development companies and in retail. He is currently a Director of Dorset Investments Limited and Donovan Holdings Limited. During his early career he served as Executive Assistant to Premier's Frank D. Moores (1975-1979) and Brian Peckford (1979-1985). He also served as a Part-Time Board Member on the Canada-Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB). Uncle Gnarley appears on the masthead representing serious and unambiguous positions on NL politics and public policy. Uncle Gnarley is a fiscal conservative possessing distinctly liberal values and a non-partisan persusasion. Those values and opinions underlie this writer's views on NL's politics, economy and society. Uncle Gnarley publishes Monday mornings and more often when events warrant.


Bill left public life shortly after the signing of the Atlantic Accord and became a member of the Court of Appeal until his retirement in 2003. During his time on the court he was involved in a number of successful appeals which overturned wrongful convictions, for which he was recognized by Innocence Canada. Bill had a special place in his heart for the underdog.

Churchill Falls Explainer (Coles Notes version)

If CFLCo is required to maximize its profit, then CFLCo should sell its electricity to the highest bidder(s) on the most advantageous terms available.


This is the most important set of negotiations we have engaged in since the Atlantic Accord and Hibernia. Despite being a small jurisdiction we proved to be smart and nimble enough to negotiate good deals on both. They have stood the test of time and have resulted in billions of dollars in royalties and created an industry which represents over a quarter of our economy. Will we prove to be smart and nimble enough to do the same with the Upper Churchill?