2021 Leadership – Release of Rules of Procedure

NOVA SCOTIA LIBERAL PARTY – Nova Scotia Liberal Party releases detailed rules for Leadership Contest


(Halifax, NS) The Leadership Organizing Committee has released the full Rules of Procedure governing the 2021 Leadership Contest. A new Liberal leader will be selected electronically by voting delegates and announced at the Nova Scotia Liberal Party’s leadership convention on February 6, 2021.

“Liberals are not only selecting their next leader, they are selecting the next premier of Nova Scotia,” said Joseph Khoury, President of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party. “This is an important responsibility. Thanks to the leadership of Premier McNeil and the Liberal Caucus, we’re building on a strong foundation of accomplishment and progress.”

In August, the Nova Scotia Liberal Party announced that their next leader would be selected on February 6, 2021 using a one-member one-vote system, weighted by riding. All members in good standing who register as delegates by January 12, 2021 will be eligible to vote by preferential ballot. The weighted system allocates 100 points to each of the Province’s 55 electoral districts, ensuring that support for the winning candidate is distributed throughout the province. The candidate who receives a majority of the points becomes the next leader and premier.    

The Rules govern all matters related to the leadership process, including candidate eligibility and requirements; financial regulations; delegates, voting, and the vote count. The Leadership Candidate Nomination Package is also available on-line, as well as details on the payment of the candidate nomination fee. 

“The past few months have brought significant change and uncertainty for everyone. The Leadership Committee is committed to a safe process. This means we’ll be embracing technology and new voting practices, while ensuring that nobody is left behind,” said Jane O’Neill, Co-Chair of the Leadership Organizing Committee.  

Previously, a limited number of delegates were elected by members of the local Liberal association to attend the Leadership Convention and select the leader on their behalf. The only voice members had was to select the delegate representing their local association.   

The Party has chosen to open up this process so that every member can become a delegate and cast a vote to select the next Liberal Leader. As long as they are members before the cut-off on January 7th, they can register as a delegate. There is a $20 tax deductible fee — meaning a member can get $15 back as a tax credit —  so it only costs $5, after the tax credit.

Votes by delegates shall be cast electronically, either by internet access (through a computer, smart phone, or similar device) or by telephone. The voting period will begin on February 1, 2021 and conclude on February 6, 2021. The winner will be announced at the Party’s leadership convention, which will be live-streamed to both delegates and the public.

“The Liberal Party has always adapted to changing circumstances, in policy and in practice. This is no exception. We’ll be ready — and we encourage those who are interested to step up, get involved, and have a say,” said Kristan Hines, Committee Co-chair.  

Click here for the Rules of Procedure.

Click here for the Candidate Nomination Package

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