Rival's exit appears to clear way for Kevin Vickers as N.B. Liberal leader

It appears Kevin Vickers, the former House of Commons sergeant-at-arms, is poised to be the next leader of New Brunswick's Liberal party.

The only other declared candidate, Rene Ephestion, leader of the party's Multicultural Inclusion Commission, has announced on Facebook he is withdrawing from the race.

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.

A leadership convention had been scheduled for June 21-22 in Saint John, but Liberal party officials were not discussing the state of the race Tuesday.

Drew Cameron, a spokesperson for the Vickers campaign, said Tuesday it was their understanding that Vickers was the only candidate left in the race.

Cameron said further discussions were planned with party officials in the coming days.