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New Democratic Party releases 2018 Leadership Convention rules and deadlines

Updated: Nov 26, 2018

The Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party has released the rules and deadlines for the 2018 Leadership Convention.

The Leadership Convention will take place April 6-8, 2018 in St. John’s.

The NL NDP Provincial Executive has appointed Lynn Moore, lawyer and advocate, as Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). Moore will oversee the process of the leadership contest. Moore also acted as CEO for the leadership contest in 2015.

“We’re looking forward to strong leadership candidates and a dynamic race,” said Mark Gruchy, NL NDP President.

“This is a very exciting time for the Party as we elect a new leader and get ready for a provincial election in 2019,” he said.

Leadership candidates must be NL NDP members in good standing, as defined by Article 4 of the Constitution of the Party, and must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete and file registration papers with the CEO duly signed by 20 NL NDP members in good standing from a minimum of five electoral districts. Gender parity is required for these signatories.

  • Complete and file a Candidate Disclosure Statement with the CEO.

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of $2,000 at time of registration as a leadership candidate.

The deadline for registration in order to appear on the leadership contest ballot is 5:00 p.m. NL time February 28, 2018.

The NL NDP will organize one mandatory leadership debate for officially registered candidates.

All those who are party members by March 7, 2018 are eligible to cast a ballot in the leadership contest. All memberships valid on the cut-off date will receive voting credentials. Voting will be one-member, one-vote ballot and available online, by telephone, and in person.

Those interested in becoming members of the provincial NDP can sign up through the website:

The complete rules for the NL NDP Leadership Convention are attached to this email and available online here.


Media contact:

To arrange an interview with Mark Gruchy, Party President call (709) 739-6387 or e-mail

For more information about the leadership selection process, general information about attending the Convention, or joining the NDP, please call (709) 739-6387 or e-mail


Lynn Moore biography

Lynn Moore is a founding partner of Morris Martin Moore and works almost exclusively in the area of sexual abuse litigation – she sues institutions and governments on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse. Before entering private practice, she spent 20 years as a Crown Attorney and civil litigator. In 2013, Lynn decided to leave the civil service so that she could represent survivors of sexual abuse, working to get financial compensation for them.

Lynn is a vocal advocate for equality and human rights for all people, especially those historically marginalized by colonialism, racism, gender, gender expression, homophobia, and transphobia. She has worked with the Safe Harbour Outreach Program (SHOP) – a program designed to make sex workers safer and more secure. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Iris Kirby House and a former member of the Board of Directors for the St. John’s Status of Women.

Lynn graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1992 and completed the requirements for her Bachelor of Arts in 1989. She is married and is mother and stepmother to five amazing individuals.


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