As of Monday night, Grand Bank District MHA/Justice Minister Darin King was still considering his leadership options.
Potential PC party leadership candidate Darin King
Mr. King has been touted as one of the possible PC party leadership hopefuls to replace recently resigned Premier Kathy Dunderdale and interim Premier Tom Marshall. Mr. Marshall has announced he does not intend to seek the leadership on a permanent basis and plans to retire from politics before the 2015 general election.
In a conversation with The Southern Gazette, Mr. King said he’s aiming to make a decision on a leadership run by the middle of this week, but conceded he may not announce his intention at that time.
He indicated family and financial considerations are two primary concerns for him to be resolved before any decision.
The PC Party Rules Committee is expected to announce the convention guidelines, such as expenditure limits, by the end of this week. Mr. King noted potential candidates, like himself, are focussing in on these regulations for the July convention.
Mr. Marshall, during his speech to the Burin Peninsula Chamber of Commerce AGM Monday night, suggested both Mr. King and Burin-Placentia West MHA Clyde Jackman would make good leadership candidates. Mr. Jackman has not publicly expressed any desires to be party leader.
In fact, the premier pointed to Mr. King’s ability to competently handle his Cabinet portfolios to date and expressed his belief he could do the same for other postings.