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McCurdy to step down as leader of the NDP

New Democrat Leader Earle McCurdy said that the government should hurry up with a review of current political financing rules, and ultimately the province should ban corporate and union political donations.
New Democrat Leader Earle McCurdy said that the government should hurry up with a review of current political financing rules, and ultimately the province should ban corporate and union political donations.

Earle McCurdy said he will step down as leader of the NDP at the end of the month, citing family reasons for the decision.

McCurdy has been leader of the party since 2015, and said he wasn't in a position to commit to another six years, which is what he'd need if he planned on leading the party into the next election. 

St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers has already announced she will seek the leadership of the provincial NDP.

McCurdy to discuss his political future 

New Democrat Leader Earle McCurdy is holding a news conference this morning to discuss his "political future" which could throw the NDP into leadership turmoil.

McCurdy has been leading the party without a seat in the legislature since 2015, and in recent months questions about his leadership have been swirling.

Notably, the news conference this morning comes with a byelection looming in Mount Pearl North, after MHA Steve Kent announced his retirement. McCurdy lives in Mount Pearl North, and hasn't publicly said whether he's going to be running in that byelection.

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