Two men who want to be this province’s next premier were in Baie Verte on Tuesday as the Baie Verte-Springdale district association elected their delegates to attend the PC Party Convention in St. John’s in September, and vote on their new leader.
Paul Davis and John Ottenheimer showed up at the Baie Verte Kin Centre for the meeting, along with MHA Kevin Pollard and 50 or so other people who would eventually take part in the voting of the delegates. Former minister and Baie Verte MHA, Paul Shelley, was also on hand. Shelley has said publicly that he is supporting John Ottenheimer for the job as the next premier, while current MHA Kevin Pollard is supporting Davis.
Steve Kent, the third person in the race for the top job, was in St. John’s on Tuesday night, attending a similar meeting in the St. John’s Centre district. A vote was also taking place in Paul Davis’s own district of Topsail. “This is democracy in action,” said Ottenheimer after the meeting was over. “People come here and they vote on who they want, and that’s the system, that’s our democracy.”
Both Davis and Ottenheimer have said in media interviews that they don’t intend to run a slate of candidates where they “stack the deck” with supporters, and bring those supporters to the convention in hopes of ensuring the most votes.