New Brunswick Liberals confirm Kevin Vickers is lone leadership candidate

New Brunswick's Liberal party has confirmed Kevin Vickers is the lone candidate for its leadership, setting the stage for his acclamation.

The party's leadership steering committee says it decided late Wednesday to recommend to the party's board that the former House of Commons sergeant-at-arms be appointed leader.

The board will make a decision next Tuesday evening.

The steering committee says it still wants the June 21-22 leadership convention in Saint John to proceed, ``with an altered itinerary.''

Hailed as a hero for helping to end the 2014 attack on Parliament Hill, Vickers was the first candidate to officially enter the race two weeks ago.

The only other declared candidate, Rene Ephestion, leader of the party's Multicultural Inclusion Commission, announced earlier this week that he is withdrawing from the race.