The Liberals are the first of the province's three major political parties to announce a date for a leadership convention to select a new face to lead them into the 2015 election.
Liberals will select a new leader in November 2013 at the St. John's Convention Center. Currently there are four names being knocked about: interim leader Dwight Ball, Paul Antle, Dean MacDonald and St. Barbe MHA Jim Bennett. Ball is the only one to have stated that he will seek the job.
I expect that come the fall of 2015, all three parties will have new leaders in place.
Certainly the NDP will have a leadership process prior to the next election. Leader Lorraine Micheal is in her 70th year. Potential replacements include: MHA Dale Kirby, Lana Payne, MP Ryan Cleary and MHA Gerry Rogers.
Premier Dunderdale will have punched in the four years necessary to base her pension on the Premiers salary by 2013. I expect she will leave the role in 2014 making room for a early Spring leadership race in 2015.
Renewal may be on the lips of the Liberals but it is on the minds of all three parties.