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Hugh McFadyen will stay on as Progressive Conservative leader until his successor is chosen Oct. 27.
There was no discussion during Saturday's meeting of the PC executive council on whether McFadyen should step down earlier than planned.
The Tories picked the fall date, over a proposed June leadership convention, because it will allow a broader field of candidates to campaign longer for the top spot,Jonathan Scarth, the party's CEO, said after the meeting.
"You can catch people on the fair circuit and get around," Scarth said.
The selection process will be one-member, one-vote -- and will be open to all members of the provincial Conservative party.Unlike the 2006 PC leadership convention, candidates will not have to come up with a $10,000 (refundable) entry fee. This time candidates will each have to instead sell 1,000 party memberships.
A site for the leadership convention is still to be chosen. Live voting in rural areas of the province will be used for party members who can't travel to Winnipeg.
McFadyen said on election night he'd step down as leader following the party's disappointing results at the polls. The Tories came out of the Oct. 4 vote with the same number of seats -- 19 -- they had going into the election although they did increase their popular vote.
So far, three people have said they're thinking about running; former MP and MLA Brian Pallister, MLA Heather Stefanson and Winnipeg South MP Rod Bruinooge.
The fall date also gives each leadership candidate more time to travel the province to meet with party members; for example an MLA's duties could require them to be in the legislature, which breaks in June.
Scarth also said the executive council, which includes MLAs and Tory election candidates, discussed the fall campaign and what worked and what didn't.
"Overall, I think it was very productive," he said. "It gave people a chance to see what's on other people's minds."
A final report on the fall campaign is to be presented to the new leader, he added.