Kathy Dunderdale. — Telegram file photo
In response to widespread public speculation that Premier Kathy Dunderdale would resign following Thursday’s CRA poll that showed the Progressive Conservatives in last place under her leadership, The Telegram contacted her office Friday afternoon to ask about the reports.
“This is pure rumour,” an emailed statement said.
“Premier Dunderdale has a vision and a plan for this province. Under her leadership this province has an economy that is the envy of the country, more people are working in this province than ever before, incomes are higher, taxes are lower,” read the emailed statement from her office.
“Premier Dunderdale is remaining leader of the province and the PC party with the full support of her caucus. We will not focus on speculation and rumours. We will continue to focus on listening to the priorities of our people and planning for our future.”
According to the poll conducted by Corporate Research Associates in Halifax, the reigning Tories have the support of 26 per cent of decided voters — seven percentage points behind the NDP and 15 points behind the Liberals, who can count on 41 per cent of decided voters.
When it comes to individual leaders, respondents favoured NDP Leader Lorraine Michael over Dunderdale and interim Liberal Leader Eddie Joyce. Michael received 35 per cent of the vote, while Dunderdale and Joyce received 22 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.
The poll surveyed 400 Newfoundland and Labrador residents between Aug. 8-31. It has a margin of error of 4.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.