All just a little bit o' history repeating
From the Memory Hole, a March 14, 1987 CP wire report on the leadership thrubbles of a Newfoundland and Labrador opposition party.
ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. (CP) - Four months after he won 98 per cent of his Newfoundland Liberal party's support at a leadership review, Leo Barry is facing another challenge - from within his own caucus.
In what Barry himself described as a coup, virtually the entire caucus has demanded his resignation. Barry, a former Conservative cabinet minister, says he will take the weekend to decide his political future.
Government officials said if he doesn't resign, as many as three Liberals are ready to bolt from the opposition benches. Barry said at least one has been offered a cabinet post.
There are 35 Conservatives, 15 Liberals and two New Democrats in the 52-seat legislature.
The demand for his resignation came in a letter handed to Barry after he returned from Boston Thursday night.
Yesterday, all but one of Barry's Liberal colleagues - Eugene Hiscock - issued a joint statement that they "have identified certain concerns" they conveyed during a 3 1/2-hour caucus meeting and "the only adequate way to clear the air is to convene a leadership convention at the earliest possible date."
Monday is St. Patrick's Day, a holiday in Newfoundland. Barry said he will hold a news conference Tuesday morning to announce his decision.
The party's constitution does not require a leadership convention unless Barry resigns.