MONTEBELLO, Que. – The federal Liberal caucus begins three days of meetings today in Montebello, Que., that appear destined to be dominated by talk of party leadership.
The Liberals are planning for the fall session of Parliament that begins Sept. 17, but will also lay out the roadmap to select a new leader next April.
Party president Mike Crawley is expected to detail the entry fee and spending limit for the race, how the actual vote will take place and the April date that the leader will be named.
But speculation about who’s in the running — and perhaps more significantly, who isn’t — will be swirling in the halls of the Chateau Montebello.
MP Justin Trudeau has recanted on earlier flat denials that he’d run, and now the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau says he’ll make his intentions known later this month.
Trudeau would appear to be a prohibitive favourite if he chooses to seek the leadership.
His decision — whatever way it goes — will likely heavily influence the size and complexion of the Liberal field.