Progressive Conservative Leader Ches Crosbie will run in the Windsor Lake by-election, he announced Tuesday.
“I am proud to announce that I will be running as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the upcoming Windsor Lake by-election,” he said in a statement. “I have already begun organizing my local campaign team, and am looking forward to continuing to meet with the people of the district and seek their support in the weeks ahead.”
The by-election was triggered by Cathy Bennett’s announcement on Monday that she plans to resign her seat Aug. 21. Premier Dwight Ball must call a by-election within 60 days of the resignation, and voting day must be held between four and five weeks after that.
“I am excited to bring forth a positive vision to the people of Windsor Lake, and to outline my plan to reverse the high-tax Liberal economic agenda, address rising energy costs, and restore public confidence in our democracy.”
The resignation gives Crosbie his first chance to enter the House of Assembly and become opposition leader.
“I would like to thank outgoing MHA Cathy Bennett for her service to the people of our province, including the residents of Windsor Lake. I wish her well as she returns to the private sector,” added Crosbie.
Crosbie is calling on Ball to set the date for the by-election as soon as possible.
“It is important to me that all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador are represented in our legislature as fully as possible,” said Crosbie. “That is why I am asking Premier Ball to not delay choosing a date for this election, and to ensure that this seat is not vacant for any longer than it needs to be. I am prepared for this byelection to occur at the earliest possible opportunity.”