St. John’s North MHA Dale Kirby will be speaking to the media this morning, and it is widely expected that he’ll quit the caucus.
NDP MHA Dale Kirby
Kirby has been the most outspoken critic of NDP leader Lorraine Michael since he and three other MHAs signed a letter calling for her to step down.
The letter, sent on Oct. 20, questioned Michael’s ability to recruit candidates and grow the party in the lead-up to the 2015 general election.
After a week of bitter, public infighting, the NDP caucus met over the weekend, and Michael announced that she’s calling for a leadership review to be held in 2014.
MHAs Gerry Rogers and George Murphy backtracked after the letter was sent, saying they wanted party “renewal” but they were not questioning Michael’s leadership.
Christopher Mitchelmore took to Twitter last week to say, “I stand by my signature on letter requesting the NLNDP Executive to convene a Leadership Convention in 2014. This must be discussed w/caucus.”
Kirby sent a brief message to reporters via Twitter private message, saying, “I will make a statement to the media in the scrum area of the House of Assembly precinct at 11:30 am this morning.”
Kirby stepping out of the NDP caucus would mean that House of Assembly workers need to move desks around ahead of the legislature opening on Monday.