UPDATED Premier Dunderdale reiterates that she’s not resigning

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Premier Kathy Dunderdale addresses the International Symposium on Oil and Gas Resources in Western Newfoundland at Humber Valley Resort on Thursday.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale dispelled any questions about her political future on Thursday morning when she said “I am not going to resign.”

The premier made the comment to media at the Eagle’s Perch Clubhouse at Humber Valley Resort. Dunderdale was at the resort to addresss the International Symposium on Oil and Gas Resources in Western Newfoundland.

Following her address, Dunderdale was asked for her response to criticism in the past week of so after the Halifax-based Corporate Research Association’s most recent poll showed the Tory government remains in third place.

According to the new poll numbers, the Tories can count on 26 per cent of decided voters’ support — that’s seven percentage points behind the NDP and 15 points behind the Liberals, who have the support of 41 per cent of decided voters.

“Look it’s not an issue for me,” she said of the poll numbers. “I’ve said many, many times before I can’t govern by polls. Because if I govern by polls then I don’t serve the people of this province in the way I committed to do, in the the way they asked me to do.”

The premier said she understands when people tell her they don’t like some of the decisions she’s made.

“I don’t like them either,” she said. “It’s never a pleasant thing to do when you have to cut back or you have to lay off, but they’re aboslutly necessary and I believe with time that people will see the good sense of that.”

Dunderdale was also asked of what she thought of calls to resign like the one by Telegram editorial page editor Russell Wangersky on Sept. 7. In a piece that ran on the Transcontinental Media newspaper’s front page, as well as in The Western Star, Wangersky told Dunderdale that her “race is run,” and that she should “take the small successes that have come with a long political career and get off the stage.”

Along with saying she would not resign, Dunderdale added “especially not by invitation of Mr. Wangersky.”

She said Wangersky has had strong criticism of the province and the leadership in this province since 2003.

“He has never been a friend of the Tory government.”

Dunderdale said Wangersky is particularly opposed to Muskrat Falls and has written opinion pieces about the fact that there aren’t any markets for hydro electricity in New England.

But, she said while at the annual conference of New England governors and Eastern Canadian premiers earlier this week in Quebec, the governors are telling her there are markets. Dunderdale said if somebody really cared about the issue and wanted to be well informed and had access to six governors that they would have come and spoken to them.

“And yet we didn’t have any representation there from the province ... I’ve yet to get a call from anybody at The Telegram who’ve shown the slightest bit of interest. So that really has to make you wonder, 'What is the agenda?'"

Organizations: Humber Valley Resort, Corporate Research Association

Geographic location: Western Newfoundland.Dunderdale

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  • California Pete fron NFLD
    September 27, 2013 - 13:02

    Guess what Dunderdale. You don't have to resign. Just wait till the next election and you will see where the door is and don't let it hit you in the back on the way out. Have a nice time till then. Good day

  • concerned
    September 17, 2013 - 11:18

    its time for the premier to go shes done to much damage to this provence and70 present of her MHAS don't listern tom marshell is going to be around for a long time tell the steel goes on the new hospital that's what he said he was agood man in the beginning I guess she tapped him on the fingers to much.

  • Denielle
    September 16, 2013 - 07:56

    Tell me how lay offs and cut backs are good for the people ? What people ? The people just out of school after accumulating 4 years of university debt to try and make a better life or their children only to come out with no job prospects and not even eligible for decent EI? working a minimum wage job gets no one anywhere. It barely pays the ever increasing rent rates and light bills , not to mention the fact that a person can't even commit to a healthy diet because its too expensive. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. There is your Tory government ideals!

  • Vicki
    September 12, 2013 - 20:40

    If Dunderdale wants to do the right thing for the people of NL, then she should resign. Her arrogance and disrepect for the taxpayers of NL really amazes me!

  • Armchair Journalists
    September 12, 2013 - 20:22

    I get amused by the fact that just because some journalist writes an article that people would automatically think it has some substance. Even scarier still is just because they write the article a big movement get started saying "everybody feels", when in reality it was just the opinion of one person. Who is he any different than me? Other than he gets paid to write dribble, and he gets to put it in prime print space. It makes for a sad day.

  • Brian
    September 12, 2013 - 19:55

    Yes, you are right premier. We didn't have representation. Just a lame duck premier, who is in never ,never land. Where is Mad Hatter Kevin O'Brien. Premier, you may be a fool surrounded by even bigger fools . Stay around for the next election. You Betcha.

  • Another expat in AB
    September 12, 2013 - 19:51

    As sure as the sun is shining in Alberta (and it is), Dunderdale will not be the leader when we go to the polls in 2015. Everyone that recognizes the 12 month election rule, has it right. The tories cannot afford to change leaders before October 2014, my bet, is that she resigns around Christmas 2014, in time for a new leader to be named and a super generous 2015 budget released under a new leader, in a shameful attempt to buy the election. The only thing we have to look forward to until she resigns is a flurry of patronage appointments as she rewards her posse of incompetent hacks.

  • Tony Rockel
    September 12, 2013 - 19:21

    Dunderdale is dunderdone.

  • Jay
    September 12, 2013 - 18:53

    I'm not a supporter of Dunderdale, but she's absolutely correct with respect to Wangersky's lack of credibility. He's been attacking the Tories since Peckford was premier. He went into a self-induced coma during the Wells, Tobin, Grimes era, and came alive again when Williams got elected. She was given a strong mandate and has the right to stay until the next election. It's called democracy.

  • Earnest
    September 12, 2013 - 15:05

    I have never seen as much prosperity in my seventy years on this earth & the government of the day is in third place. ( go figure). If anyone is waiting for a Liberal government they better think back when Mr. Trudeau would not give us the rights to the offshore oil. It was Mr. Mulrooney who gave us the prosperity that we enjoy today. Does anyone remember when Clyde Lied & cut the salareys of the public service. Does anyone remember when the nurses had the licence plates that said "Mr. Tobin nurses won't forget. Thats Liberals for you. If the NDP (god forbid) was to form the government, who is going to run it for them? Maybe the little rag tag team they have there now & the member for hugs & squeezes will run it. LOL. If you want to know what an NDP government is like, talk to someone from Nova Scotia. They say it is the worst thing that ever happened to them. Live her up boys, build your big houses, buy your big cars, buy your Florida condos & oh yes before you get in bed tonight get on you knees & thank the Torys past & present for it all.

  • Quit the spin
    September 12, 2013 - 14:08

    She won't resign because that will trigger an election in 12 months - a full year ahead of the latest date she will have to face the polls. There's too many party members and friends living off the public purse that are going to be turfed when that happens. I suspect they're not at all eager to see that day.

  • Jon Smith
    September 12, 2013 - 14:07

    She is doing everything the good ole boys wanted. She must hang on by the fingernails to get maximum pension and then the largess from the significant winners in the business sectors. annihilation at the polls is acceptable if you land softly and are well cared for.

  • KD
    September 12, 2013 - 12:36

    Ms Dunderdale for your own good and for the people of this province resign if you feel you are doing the people of this province a favor by staying on you have your head completely buried in the sand and completely dismissing the wishes of the great majority of nlers

  • Lloyd
    September 12, 2013 - 11:42

    Well, polls were dead wrong in B.C. during the last election, not too long ago. They said that Ms Clark wouldn't win. Guess what? She won! Am I missing something? Now take a walk, and smell the roses!

  • WetcoastBorje
    September 12, 2013 - 11:27

    Why poll numbers are not an issue in British Columbia and Alberta anymore. "Despite their victory in the 2013 election, the B.C. Liberals had been consistently several points behind the opposition New Democrats in every public opinion poll throughout the campaign.[3] Even poll results released on the very last day of the campaign suggested that the New Democrats had an eight to nine percentage point margin over the Liberals.[4] Only one pollster, Forum Research, had released a poll which suggested that the Liberals were close enough that a victory was even possible for them, although even that poll had the New Democrats ahead by two percentage points.[4] The Liberals' upset victory led to significant media debate about the quality of opinion polling in Canadian elections, similarly to the Alberta Progressive Conservatives' victory in the 2012 provincial election in Alberta despite trailing the Wildrose Party in opinion polling throughout the campaign."

  • Ben
    September 12, 2013 - 11:27

    Dunderdale was elected for 4 years(not 2), by a big majority i might add!! Its her decision and i respect it.

  • Sam
    September 12, 2013 - 11:25

    Premier Dunderdale is tougher than either Premier we have ever had. With all the crap she has had to put up with i can only imagine how she has stayed so calm. All hell would have broke loose if Williams or Tobin were treated like this.

  • Henry
    September 12, 2013 - 11:24

    Like any good captain she has to go down with the ship.... fitting end to Kathy Dunderdale.

  • WetcoastBorje
    September 12, 2013 - 11:23

    Why poll numbers are not an issue in British Columbia and Alberta anymore. "Despite their victory in the 2013 election, the B.C. Liberals had been consistently several points behind the opposition New Democrats in every public opinion poll throughout the campaign.[3] Even poll results released on the very last day of the campaign suggested that the New Democrats had an eight to nine percentage point margin over the Liberals.[4] Only one pollster, Forum Research, had released a poll which suggested that the Liberals were close enough that a victory was even possible for them, although even that poll had the New Democrats ahead by two percentage points.[4] The Liberals' upset victory led to significant media debate about the quality of opinion polling in Canadian elections, similarly to the Alberta Progressive Conservatives' victory in the 2012 provincial election in Alberta despite trailing the Wildrose Party in opinion polling throughout the campaign."

  • Sam
    September 12, 2013 - 11:22

    Premier Dunderdale is tougher than either Premier we have ever had. With all the crap she has had to put up with i can only imagine how she has stayed so calm. All hell would have broke loose if Williams or Tobin were treated like this.

  • WetcoastBorje
    September 12, 2013 - 11:22

    Why poll numbers are not an issue in British Columbia and Alberta anymore. "Despite their victory in the 2013 election, the B.C. Liberals had been consistently several points behind the opposition New Democrats in every public opinion poll throughout the campaign.[3] Even poll results released on the very last day of the campaign suggested that the New Democrats had an eight to nine percentage point margin over the Liberals.[4] Only one pollster, Forum Research, had released a poll which suggested that the Liberals were close enough that a victory was even possible for them, although even that poll had the New Democrats ahead by two percentage points.[4] The Liberals' upset victory led to significant media debate about the quality of opinion polling in Canadian elections, similarly to the Alberta Progressive Conservatives' victory in the 2012 provincial election in Alberta despite trailing the Wildrose Party in opinion polling throughout the campaign."

  • WetcoastBorje
    September 12, 2013 - 11:20

    Why poll numbers are not an issue in British Columbia and Alberta anymore. "Despite their victory in the 2013 election, the B.C. Liberals had been consistently several points behind the opposition New Democrats in every public opinion poll throughout the campaign.[3] Even poll results released on the very last day of the campaign suggested that the New Democrats had an eight to nine percentage point margin over the Liberals.[4] Only one pollster, Forum Research, had released a poll which suggested that the Liberals were close enough that a victory was even possible for them, although even that poll had the New Democrats ahead by two percentage points.[4] The Liberals' upset victory led to significant media debate about the quality of opinion polling in Canadian elections, similarly to the Alberta Progressive Conservatives' victory in the 2012 provincial election in Alberta despite trailing the Wildrose Party in opinion polling throughout the campaign."

  • Henry
    September 12, 2013 - 11:18

    Like any good captain she has to go down with the ship....

    • hua mulan
      September 12, 2013 - 14:14

      like any can't-be-wrong captain she will go down with her ship, HM Hubris

  • Citizen V
    September 12, 2013 - 11:05

    While I agree with the Premiere's sentiment that you can't govern by polls, the polls show that the people of Newfoundland don't want her or the PC's to govern us AT ALL.In this case there is something to be said for poll stats, and maybe... just maybe... the PC's and the Premiere should take the time to pay attention. For once.

  • Brian
    September 12, 2013 - 10:10

    It's not an issue for you? What's that supposed to mean? That you don't care that you and your party have sunk to what probably amounts to historical lows in public opinion? If it's not an issue for you, then does it stand to reason that it's not an issue for you if you lose the next election?

  • nats,
    September 12, 2013 - 10:00

    EDfromRED, they represent the 1%

  • W Bagg
    September 12, 2013 - 09:32

    You can only resign if someone else is willing to step up and be Premier. And no one would answer that call. Shameful the Libs are getting more interest.

  • EDfromRED
    September 12, 2013 - 09:05

    Who do the PC's represent? They gleefully hold in contempt the opinions of the majority of the people. It seems the only people they respect are the rich and their cronies. The PC's look like a tinpot dictatorship.A government that treats the people with contempt deserves no respect. It makes you wonder what secrets they are hiding, what under the table deals are being made, what slush funds are being hushed, for them to have zero concerns about being utterly defeated next election.

  • Mike Wallace
    September 12, 2013 - 08:54

    Premier, the day you stood in the house and said"how dare someone question you as premier". I lost all respect. Nice that you are on such a high pedastal. It however will only make the fall that much further.

  • filly
    September 12, 2013 - 08:46

    she wants to take the ship down with her