Dunderdale may reconsider running for premier full-time

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Premier Kathy Dunderdale

The race to replace Danny Williams as full-time premier of the province took some twists and turns today.

First, Premier Kathy Dunderdale told The Telegram that she may reconsider running for the job on a permanent basis.

“The (former) premier leaving was shocking to me,” said Dunderdale. “My first thought was how are we going to do as a government, as a caucus.”

She said many people in the province were likely asking the same question as they had “enormous confidence” in Williams.

Originally Dunderdale said she wanted to take the job in the short term to assure the people of the province there would be a smooth transition in government from one leader to the next.

With the House of Assembly opening only days after Williams’ resignation, she didn’t want her focus to be anywhere else besides running the province in the interim.

But Dunderdale said she may rethink that decision because of the support she’s getting to stay on.

“There’s a tremendous amount of pressure on me to reconsider, so I’ll take some time to think about that over ... Christmas,” she said on Friday. “(But) I haven’t heard anything yet that’s made me change my mind.”

CBC also reported on Friday that Health Minister Jerome Kennedy, thought to be the front runner in the upcoming leadership race, has decided not to run after all.

The Telegram tried unsuccessfully to confirm those reports.

“Minister Kennedy will be discussing this next week,” said a spokesman for Kennedy in an email.

Organizations: CBC

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  • Diane Sullivan
    December 19, 2010 - 19:50

    I think Dunderdale would make a wonderful premier. By the way, people of this province would certainly vote for a female. If a female can perform the duties required, why not. I'm sure we're not that chauvinistic.

  • bob
    December 18, 2010 - 23:10

    if Tom Marshall does not run and become Premier; i will be turning from solid PC blue to liberal red in the next election; i think Dunderdale is getting a type of "KIM CAMPBELL" bump up from the liberal media; in this province; the PCs elect/name her as new Premier at their peril; this province won't vote for women premier; if liberals get big name as leader after 2011; the government will change but PCs in power now; dont care about that; they can only see as far as their greedy; pension loving noses; and get re elected this fall; Tom MARSHALL on the other hand is he real deal the right stuff; whereas Dunderdale is only media ;FLUFF u gotta run Tom......dont pull a Jean Charest on us; u hesitate; u lose; stop the madness; and step up and take what is rightfully yours after years of hard work; carrying the load; while others loafed and lazied around

  • bad
    December 18, 2010 - 11:43

    This whole fiasco is being orcestrated by the pc party..Makeing Dudderdale look good then have her run for leader. I say Danny Williams and his boys are behind the whole thing, and Kathy knows it .

  • good
    December 17, 2010 - 17:11

    What a great turn of events, someone who is actually capable of being a true leader most likely deciding to run, while the person who is I feared most would run will hopefully be deciding not to. Jerome Kennedy as premier would be a very scary thing. A good day for NL leadership.