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Jennifer McKenzie stepping down as NB NDP leader after failing leadership review

Jennifer McKenzie stepping down as NB NDP leader after failing leadership review
WATCH: Jennifer McKenzie resigned as the leader of the New Brunswick New Democratic Party after members voted over the weekend to have a leadership convention to replace her. Silas Brown brings us the latest.

Jennifer McKenzie resigned as the leader of the New Brunswick New Democratic Party (NDP) after members voted over the weekend to have a leadership convention to replace her.

McKenzie made the announcement Monday and said her resignation is effective immediately.

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“The NDP has by a vote this week determined that there will be a leadership convention within the next six months,” she said in a statement.

“I have decided not to participate in such a leadership contest.”

McKenzie was acclaimed as leader in August 2017. The party did not win any seats in last September’s election.

“Even though the results for the party in the election were disappointing, I am grateful that we were able to run a full slate of 49 candidates and that over 50 per cent of those candidates were women, a first for any political party in the province,” she said.

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Political scientist JP Lewis says news of the resignation is not surprising given the party’s poor showing at the polls.

“The party had a very disappointing result in 2018, which was compounded by the fact [that] if you are a smaller party in New Brunswick and … you’re going to make a breakthrough basically in the last century, this was the election. And the NDP missed out,” Lewis said.

The NDP leader in Newfoundland and Labrador, Gerry Rogers, also stepped down this month, saying she could not commit to four more years in that province’s House of Assembly.

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New Brunswick Liberals have a leadership convention set for June 22 in Saint John.

—  With a file from The Canadian Press and Silas Brown