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.