Nick Duivenvoorden of Belledune (top, left), Michael Murphy of Moncton (middle, left) and Brian Gallant of Moncton (bottom, left) are seeking the leadership. All three met the May 31 deadline for filing nomination papers.
New Brunswick Liberals will gather in Moncton on Saturday, October 27 at Casino NB to select the leader.
“We’re very happy with the candidates that have come forward seeking the leadership,” New Brunswick Liberal Association president Britt Dysart said. “To have the three candidates of such high quality indicates that the future of our party in New Brunswick will be in very good hands after October 27.”
As was recommended during the party renewal process the leadership contest will feature a preferential ballot system. This replaces the delegate system that was traditionally used to select party leaders.
Following the 2010 election, the party conducted an unprecedented renewal and consultation process with members. It culminated with a historic meeting of the general membership that made many recommendations to revitalize the party, including a new way to elect a provincial leader.
“The renewal process was a very good thing for the party,” Dysart said. “The members interested in a strong grassroots Liberal party in New Brunswick started us on a new path forward and helped set the stage for what I am sure will be a dynamic leadership contest.”